Remand of Stafford-Area Urban Reserves: Written Testimony

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:00pm

LCDC Remand Order 14-ACK-001867 Metro Ordinance No. 11-1255

Thank you for this opportunity to testify on the matter of the remand from the Court of Appeals’ and the Land Conversation and Development Commission to Metro regarding the designation of the Stafford, Rosemont, Borland, and Norwood areas in Clackamas County as urban reserves under ORS 195.145.  We are unable to attend today’s hearing; therefore, we are submitting written testimony and plan to appear at your next hearing on this.

Planning for Eugene's Future

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:00am

An Overview of The Eugene Planning Process and Next Steps

On October 21, the Eugene city council made a decision that rolls back years of comprehensive planning decisions, by blocking up-zoning of residential areas to accommodate more housing types.  The council made its decision before taking public comments, freezing out the people who would be affected by the council’s hasty decision. This impacts current and future residents, threatens surrounding farm and forest lands, and - at the core - constructs an inequitable housing policy that punishes Eugenians who live in multi-family housing types.

Evening in Eugene

You’re invited to a behind-the-scenes briefing about growth and development in Eugene. Join Mia Nelson, our Willamette Valley Advocate, and emerging land use advocates from our summer internship program to hear about upcoming decisions that will shape Eugene for decades.

Event Date: 
Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Youth Advocacy Leads to Climate Change Ordinance in Eugene

Thanks to passionate advocacy by youth, the City of Eugene is moving from general goals to steadfast statute when it comes to climate change. City Councilors voted July 28 to adopt a strong climate change ordinance seeking to cut fossil fuel use to 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2030.

Summer Is Coming. Explore With Us.

Land use is your community, your home, your street. It's where your food comes from and how you get where you're going. It's a place of possibility, if you know what to look for. This summer, we'd like to take you out to see land use in action, with our new line-up of field trips!

Springfield Discovers That More Extensive Is More Expensive

The City of Springfield is considering expanding its urban growth boundary to pursue the possibility of new large-scale employment, but recent calculations show the cost to serve any expansion with infrastructure could be overwhelming.

The Register-Guard reports:

City officials have identified five areas where Springfield could expand its urban growth boundary, and roughly calculated how much it would cost to extend sewer and streets and collect stormwater to serve that future development.

VIDEO: "Conserving Oregon's Environment": A Talk with Michael McCloskey

From bottles and beaches, to protecting farmland and forests, Oregon's environmental legacy speaks volumes. On April 17 in Salem, Mike McCloskey, a former executive director of the Sierra Club, spoke about his new book on that legacy as part of our McCall Society Speaker Series. 

Defeating Sprawl's "Dead End": Two Events This May

Oregon has been successful creating livable cities attracting new investment, businesses, and residents. But Ben Ross, one of the country's foremost grassroots transit advocates, believes this vision and its accomplishments are threatened. In May we'll welcome Ben for events in Eugene and Portland.

Friends of Yamhill County Hosts Candidate Forum April 30

With two key positions on the Yamhill County Commission open and land use a perennially important topic locally, Friends of Yamhill County, an independent affiliate of 1000 Friends of Oregon, plans to host a candidate forum on April 30 in McMinnville.

Op-Ed: Land Use Still Works

"Farmers can farm, and builders can build," writes 1000 Friends Executive Director Jason Miner. "Each plays a vital role in Oregon's future." Read his op-ed published recently by the Portland Tribune, Hillsboro Tribune, and Newberg Graphic.

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