The Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI)


Established in 2012, LULI connects Fellows in interactive trainings, site visits, and workshops. LULI showcases Oregon’s innovative land use planning system, highlights the most-pressing land development issues, and creates a forum for Fellows to further hone leadership skills to help create and advance solutions to issues that matter to them.  

Questions? Please contact Sam Diaz, Director of Community Engagement, at or (503) 497-1000 x 122. 



APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED. Stay tuned for 2019 LULI updates in Oregon Stories, our Facebook page, and our soon-to-be-released website!


Over the course of six months (April – September), LULI Fellows will participate in interactive workshops, site visits, and trainings that cover the fundamentals of land use policy, funding, and financing. Fellows will also have the opportunity to develop and hone leadership skills such as advocacy, public speaking, research, and public engagement. The LULI program features:

  • A half-day orientation where LULI Fellows connect in-person, learn about the creation of Oregon’s land use planning system, and establish goals for our work in the coming months.
  • Interactive trainings approximately two times a month with community leaders, agency staff, elected officials, and data specialists.
  • One Fellowship Project through which LULI Fellows work together to establish principles and recommendations for creating a Climate Smart Community.
  • A Graduation where Fellows present the principles and recommendations to session speakers and 1000 Friends’ broader membership and reflect on LULI 2019’s lessons from throughout the session. Fellows will also have an opportunity to help 1000 Friends shape future policy priorities.
  • Happy, healthy Fellows learn with food, beverages, and modest transportation stipends
  • Access to an online portal with session materials, speaker contact information, and interactive forum to connect with the LULI network.


Orientation: May 4, 2019

  • Introduction to Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning System

  • Introduction to 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Land Use Leadership Initiative

  • Evolution of the Land Use Planning System as a Climate Change Strategy

An Equitable Climate-Smart Corridor: May 2019*

  • Introduction to Metro, the 2014 Climate Smart Strategy, and the 2016 Strategic Plan to Advance Racial Equity

  • Fundamentals of the Proposed Southwest Corridor Project

  • Introduction to Transportation Funding

  • Introduction to Gentrification and Displacement

Mobility Equity: May 2019*

  • Fundamentals of Mobility Equity and Environmental Justice

  • Introduction to the Regional Equity Atlas

Funding and Financing: June 2019

  • Fundamentals of Transportation Funding and Financing

  • Fundamentals of a Regional Ballot Measure Process

Land Use and Community Development: June 2019

  • Introduction to Placemaking Strategies

  • Introduction to Oregon’s Property Tax Regime  

  • Fundamentals of Community Benefits Agreements, Urban Renewal Areas, and Partnering Agreements

Principles and Recommendations for a Resilient Metro: August 2019

  • Fellows develop principles and recommendations for creating sustainable and equitable policies for how the region manages change.

Ins and Outs of Advocacy: September 2019

  • Introduction to Strategic Advocacy

  • Introduction to Social Media as a Tool for Organizing

LULI Graduation: September 2019*

*Note: Curriculum and dates subject to minor changes based on LULI Fellows’ feedback and availability. 


LULI 2018: Southern Oregon

Across Southern Oregon, important decisions are being made that impact all of us. These decisions are often made without community input, creating a mismatch between decisions made and the real and growing needs of our community for things like affordable, accessible housing, public transportation, access to locally produced healthy foods, and a stable climate.

In 2018, the Rogue Action Center, AllCare Health, Jackson Care Connect, Rogue Climate, AARP Oregon, and many other partners co-sponsored a Southern Oregon program focused on local issues.

2018 Southern Oregon Program
The 2018 LULI Program consisted of six training sessions from September through December. Each session focused on a specific issue to provide participants with a deeper understanding of land use advocacy.

Topics include: Land Use 101, Urban Growth Boundaries, Housing, Transportation and Public Transit, and other local issues.

Logistics: Meetings were held on Tuesday evenings after work with food, childcare, and transportation assistance. 

What do Fellows say about LULI?

Lisa Frank
"After graduating college with a degree in Government and Spanish, I was thrilled to land at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and have the opportunity to put my advocacy skills to work, transforming the cities and suburbs of Washington County into a better place to live, work, play, and bike. It didn't take long for me to realize that the biggest challenges facing Washington County did not have their origin in misplaced transportation priorities, but rather in land use patterns and choices that dictated a car-dominant system. I turned to LULI and 1000 Friends of Oregon for help understanding land use and how it is interconnected with transportation, housing, the environment, racism, and more. One of the most valuable aspects of LULI for me was the ability to meet and learn from people working in all these fields, who also understood land use to be the fabric knitting Oregon together. We are lucky here to have an organization like 1000 Friends that is boldly venturing beyond farm and forest land protection into the heart of our cities, suburbs, and apartments to examine how we can best organize our communities and the services we rely on. LULI for me has been a key to enter that conversation and form lasting personal and professional bonds with other participants."

Stuart Campbell
"I went into the LULI program wanting to learn more about planning, housing, and the politics involved in these areas. I can definitely say that I learned about all of those things, and more. When we role-played a neighborhood association meeting in SW Portland, I realized the dynamic nature of planning and land use development within the small, but personal, context such as a neighborhood. It help bring to life arguments and dilemmas that are often heard about but not always experienced - I liked this simple but meaningful activity. I liked that the class followed a larger local issue, such as Metro's Climate Smart Strategy while learning about other planning issues. Being giving opportunities to speak out on Climate Smart Strategy was great, as I may not have been aware enough to send in a written statement.

One of the highlights for me was just hearing from professionals and leading voices. I really enjoy lectures from people who are 'in the field' and knowledgeable. This did not stop at guests who came to our classes either. The cohort was a wealth of knowledge, as well. 

LULI was important to me personally, along with my career efforts. Because of LULI, I realized more clearly that I wanted to pursue a career in planning, and I am now set to begin PSU's MURP program this fall! I also know that I have a solid network of LULI's that I can reach out to for questions or information – priceless!"

Heidi Guenin
"Being someone who works in this area a bit more than the other LULIs, it was always valuable to hear the kinds of questions they asked, the bits of information they were surprised about, the sheer lack of jadedness that envelops many of the professional advocates in this space.  I hope that everyone stays engaged in the efforts that you highlighted - it would invaluable to have even half of those voices continue to participate in and shape the many projects coming our way in the next few years!"

Omar Carrillo
"The LULI curriculum provided an excellent introduction to Oregon’s planning system, as well as the nuances of what this means for the Portland Metro area. It provided me with a more thorough understanding of Metro’s role in our planning processes and how to advocate for livability issues at the Metro level. It was also interesting to get to compare Oregon and Portland’s system to other metro areas and states and critically evaluate the benefits and burdens of our current system.One of the highlights was getting to hear from different people working in the field. Their perspective was incredibly valuable. The couple times we got out of the “classroom” were great too (there should be more in the future!). I now have a better sense of the diversity of regional planning programs and the pros and cons of each of these. I also have a better sense of how local jurisdictions and cities can work together to achieve livability and equity goals, even if the Portland Metro area is far from this."