Vibrant Communities

Healthier Neighborhoods, Better Choices

When 1000 Friends of Oregon was formed in 1975, the state’s population was under 2.5 million. 35 years later, almost 4 million people call Oregon home. That’s a lot of new Oregonians.

It’s a challenge to keep our cherished quality of life as Oregon continues to grow….but our innovative land use planning system gives us the tools to keep our communities vibrant, livable and healthy.

Whether Oregonians live in small towns or large cities, an urban growth boundary (UGB) helps define where the city ends and the countryside begins.

How we develop inside UGBs is equally important. When we develop or redevelop within our existing cities and towns, we save precious taxpayer dollars on infrastructure like roads, sewers and utilities. Providing a mix of uses gives residents the opportunity to make better transportation choices.

Growing smart inside UGBs creates incentives to invest in the vacant and underused lands inside them. By building and expanding in places people already live and work, we save precious taxpayer dollars on infrastructure.

1000 Friends devotes significant resources to the setting and adjusting of urban growth boundaries.
As communities manage future growth, it will sometimes be necessary to expand the UGB.

Some of the features that define vibrant communities include:

Affordable Housing options

Growth focused along transportation/transit corridors

Better transportation options

Healthier commuities

Lower infrastructure costs that save precious taxpayer dollars

Growing smart also helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change an help Oregon meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.



We urge you to explore the sections on our site that go into more detail on these issues.

Compared to the status quo, smart growth
•Costs less to build and maintain;
•Provides services at a lower cost;
•Reduces maintenance costs by directing spending to existing infrastructure;
•Reduces tax burden by maximizing return on public Investment;
•Preserves existing communities;
•Reduces household transportation costs;
•Reduces health costs.