1000 Friends' Legislative Testimony
At 1000 Friends, a significant part of our programmatic work involves testifying at hearings and delivering presentations to diverse audiences. The following are examples of our most recent work:
2017 Legislative Session
HB 2144 - Legislation addressing nonconforming uses on farmland
1000 Friends supports the general goals of HB 2144, however we are recommending a critical change to one of the provisions that forgives grandfathered nonconforming uses when the property owner did not acquire the necessary permits at the time of the development.
Priority: Repeal the Ban on Inclusionary Zoning
Testimony in support of HB 2564, a bill to repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning.
Priority: Protect Land Use Planning in Eastern Oregon
Testimony opposing SB 25, legislation that seeks to suspend the goals of the land use planning system in eight Eastern Oregon counties.
Testimony on rulemaking to implement HB 4079. This legislation allows two cities to expand their UGBs by up to 50 acres for residential use, without showing that the city needs more land, and the expansion can be on farm or forest land, if at least 30% of the units are dedicated to long term affordability.
Testimony on LCDC Rulemaking for the metropolitan planning organization greenhouse gas reduction: The rules advisory committee (RAC) revised the GHG emission reduction targets from the transportation sector for the state's 8 metropolitan areas.
Testimony in support of HB 2047, legislation that proposes technical adjustments to correct some mapping errors in the Metro reserve boundaries that the Legislature previously adjusted
Testimony in support of HB 2456, a bill that directs the Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt administrative rules establishing an optional urban growth boundary amendment process using some “safe harbor” methodologies.
Testimony opposing HB 2620, a bill that requires the Oregon Department of Transportation to inventory all its real property and report back to the Legislature on whether each parcel is “essential, useful or excessive."
Testimony in support of HB 2830, a bill that ensures appellants would receive timely decisions on their cases from local governments. This would happen only if the Land Use Board of Appeals remanded a case that had already been approved at the local level.
Testimony in support of HB 2831, a bill that seeks to allow property line adjustments that would protect large lots from becoming too small for commercial agriculture purposes.
Testimony in support of HB 2979 and 2629, which indicate the need for funding youth transit initiatives.
Testimony opposing SB 86, legislation that would allow non-farm use on exclusive farm use lands.
Photo: Bishop Creek Vineyard by Jason Lett
Testimony opposing SB 210, which would establish a mechanism for those who are able to pay more to move to the front of the line with a fast-track process for certain permits and land use decisions.
Testimony in support of SB 359, a bill that would cap local appeal fees in local land use appeals.
Testimony opposing SB 534, legislation that authorizes a city to provide urban sewer and water services to an airport without going through the procedures that currently exist for providing such services if needed.
Testimony in support of SB 565, legislation that would support a tax policy to help rebuild and restore important historic structures across Oregon.
Testimony in support of SB 573, a bill that would establish a task force on land use value taxation to study alternative methods of taxing real property.
Testimony and comments about a proposed amendment to Medford's Urban Growth Boundary.
Photo: Medford by Vlad Butsky
This testimony discusses a proposed county co-adoption of Coburg ordinances A-199D and A-229. These ordinances authorize an urban growth boundary expansion and transportation system plan update. They would also authorize the county's companion rezoning of urbanized properties.
Testimony opposing HB 3214, a bill that would have substantial effects on Oregon's farms and forests.
Photo: Apoo13, Flickr
Testimony in opposition to HB 3368, legislation to allow new non-farm and non-forest uses on farm and forest lands.
Our House Floor letter in support of HB 2564, the bill to repeal the ban on inclusionary zoning.
Testimony in opposition to HB 3222, which would limit land use requirements for affordable housing.
Testimony in opposition to HB 3221-1, which would decrease the opportunities for diverse an affordable housing types inside UGBs.
Testimony to the Senate Special Committee on Sustainable Transportation on HB 2281B, the so-called "gang-of-eight" proposed transportation package.
Testimony in support of HB 2464, to fund ConnectOregon, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Testimony on HB 3283A, clarifying the sequential nature of the UGB review process.
Testimony in opposition to HB 3520, concerning removing protections for industrial lands.
Testimony in opposition to HB 3211, which would super-site certain urban reserves.
Testimony in opposition to HB 3215, which would allow extension of urban services outside UGBs.
Testimony in support of HB 3417, requiring 30-days notice and comment period for meetings of Regional Advisory Committees.