Joint Public Hearing, Springfield City Council & Lane Co. Comm.

The Springfield City Council and Lane County Commissioners will hold a joint public hearing this evening at 7:00 pm, at Springfield City Hall, as the City continues its Urban Growth Boundary study work.

They will hear from the public on the Springfield Residential Land and Housing Needs Analysis, and the establishment of a separate Springfield UGB.

More information at the City's website, and in this recent article from KEZI.

Event Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2011 - 7:00pm

Oregon Agriculture Remains Essential to Oregon Economy

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications Intern

Last week saw some important news emerge regarding agriculture’s vital role in Oregon’s economy, highlighting its current significance as well as the need to protect its long-term viability.

Friends of Yamhill County Discussion on events on EFU

The February 28 meeting of Friends of Yamhill County promises to be an exciting and informative evening. The meeting will feature a lively panel discussion about commercial uses on farm and forest land. Many commercial operations, including event centers, dining facilities, stores, lodging etc. operate in rural areas, both legally and illegally. Some proposals in the current legislature would greatly increase the scope of what is allowed.

Event Date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Newberg Graphic Editorial: Reject HB 2181, 2182, 2610

In a February 16 editorial, the Newberg Graphic urges the Oregon Legislature to reject three bills that would undermine citizen access to the land use appeals process.

Arguing that the bills--HB 2181, 2182, and 2610--are "unnecessary" and "likely..would lead to an erosion of the strong land use laws this state enjoys," the Graphic expresses concern that the proposals would favor moneyed interests over ordinary citizens.

City of Eugene Releases Draft Proposal For "Legacy of Livability"

Craig Beebe, 1000 Friends Communications Intern

With the expectation of having 34,000 new residents by 2030, the City of Eugene has been determining how to balance growth with the livability its residents have come to expect. The process, called Envision Eugene, will produce a new comprehensive plan for the city's growth over the next 20 years. Last week, the City released its draft proposal outlining its goals for the community's future.

Eugene City Council: Envision Eugene Public Hearing

The Eugene City Council will hold a public hearing on Envision Eugene, the City's 2030 Urban Growth Boundary expansion process. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at Eugene City Hall, 777 Pearl St. More information at

Event Date: 
Tue, 02/22/2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Envision Eugene Public Open House: Strategies and Tactics

Envision Eugene, the City's Urban Growth Boundary review process, will hold a public open house discussing Strategies and Tactics for the plan, from 4-7 pm at Roosevelt Middle School Cafeteria, 680 E. 24th, near S. Hilyard. More information available at

Event Date: 
Thu, 02/10/2011 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Envision Eugene Public Open House

Envision Eugene, the City's Urban Growth Boundary review process, will hold a public open house highlighting the plan's Goals and Strategies, from 4-7 pm at North Eugene High School Library, 200 Silver Lane, off River Road. More information available at

Event Date: 
Thu, 02/03/2011 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Woodburn Farmers Fight to Protect Agricultural Economy

Craig Beebe

When the City of Woodburn, as part of its Urban Growth Boundary expansion, sought to add hundreds of acres of the nation's best farmland to a proposed industrial reserve, local farmers Lolita and Kathleen Carl stood up to fight.

Legislative Brown Bag Lunch in Salem

Oregon’s 76th Legislative Assembly is underway. Over the next five months, several key land use issues may emerge, including:

• The availability of industrial land for economic development within UGBs;
• Destination resort reform;
• Greater clarity on the type of events allowed on exclusive farm use properties.

In addition, we expect that there will be attempts to weaken land use planning laws.

Event Date: 
Mon, 01/31/2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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