40 Years, 40 Places: Celebrating Land Use Planning in Oregon

For 40 years, land use planning has been doing great things for Oregon: protecting farmland from sprawl, promoting great communities, empowering Oregonians to take part in their communities' future. 

In 1973, the Oregon Legislature passed and Governor Tom McCall signed Senate Bill 100, creating Oregon's landmark land use planning program. Ever since, through hard work and participation on the part of thousands of Oregonians, the program has been working for Oregon. And though it has changed, and Oregon has changed, it remains essential to Oregon's quality of life and economic future.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Senate Bill 100, 1000 Friends of Oregon is highlighting 40 places that exemplify the impact of land use planning and policy in Oregon. Some of the places we'll highlight actually predate Senate Bill 100, but are examples of what foresight, courage, and hard work can accomplish for Oregon. 

We haven't yet selected all of the places we'll feature, and we'd like your help to complete the list. For each of the categories below, please let us know which place you think should definitely be included on our list. Thanks!

Signature Natural Places

Whether protected through our statewide program, federal legislation, or direct action, these are Oregon’s crown jewels—our shared treasures, forever preserved. Which one of these should definitely be on our list?

Thriving Working Landscapes

Oregon is Oregon because of the unique quality of its soils, the productivity of its forests, the passion of its people working the land. Our irreplaceable resource lands remain the core of our economy and our identity, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and showing the world it is possible to grow with grace. Which one of these places should definitely be on our list?

Great Communities

Oregon land use planning has reversed what once seemed an inexorable trend of suburban sprawl and downtown decline, breathing new life into urban neighborhoods and small-town Main Streets alike, and freeing residents from the confines of their cars. Which one of these Great Communities should definitely be on our list?

Threats Defeated

We point to many places proudly. But we can be just as proud of what is not on our land. Oregonians have come together countless times to stand up for their communities and landscapes, using the land use planning program to protect the common interest from myopic policies and reckless profiteers. Which one of these defeated threats should definitely be on our list?

Land Use Roots

Our accomplishments depend on the foresight of our predecessors. From the first days of surveying and incorporation, to revolutionary land protections a century old, Oregon’s course has been clear for generations: steward the land to sustain its people. Which one of these important land use roots should definitely be on our list?

Other ideas than those on this list? Please share them below. (Let us know a few words about why you've made your suggestions, please!)

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