The Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI)

LULI, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s leadership training program, was established in 2012. LULI connects participants with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors through monthly discussions in forums ranging from informational panels to site visits to field trips. The program showcases Oregon’s innovative land use planning, highlights the most-pressing land development issues, and equips participants with a land use toolkit to utilize in issues that matter to them.

LULI is about much more than land use. It harnesses the power of think-tanks by bringing together community members who form a wide range of perspectives. Instead of looking at land use in a narrow frame of reference, Fellows are encouraged to share stories in how planning decisions directly impact their community and the issues they care about. When meeting with officials who shape land and transportation decisions, Fellows raise issues like  public health and unequal access to services. The cohort instantly uses their toolkit, anticipating unintended consequences and brainstorming solutions. In this collaborative setting, Fellows not only learn about urban development, but also learn how to be effective advocates in the allocation of resources across the region and state. 

The 2014 Land Use Leadership Initiative

In just twenty years, the Portland metro region is projected to reach 3 million residents. LULI 2014 will focus on how the region is preparing for this growth as well as shifting demographics.  We will learn techniques officials are using to address gentrification, housing issues, urban sprawl, and transportation. We will analyze the benefits and burdens resulting from these approaches, considering the interrelated fields of public health, education, street safety, and conservation. We will discuss the changing demographics of the region’s population as well as Oregon’s land use history.

Equipped with tools, research and connections, Fellows will collaborate on a project to raise awareness and ensure an ethical implementation process for Metro’s Climate Smart Communities program. 

Program Commitment

LULI 2014 will run from September 2014 to May 2015. We will meet once a month for four hours. In addition, LULI Fellows will have many opportunities to attend outside events hosted by 1000 Friends of Oregon and partnering organizations.  Some events will have short reading assignments while others will require preparation for the Climate Smart Communities’ work project. The program does not have a firm attendance policy, but we strongly recommend that Fellows make as many events as possible because the curriculum builds upon each session.  

All fellows must be able to attend the LULI 2014 kick-off retreat, scheduled Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 10:00am-2:00pm. 

Program Candidacy

In reviewing applications, we consider: (1) time availability, (2) interest in learning, and (3) a willingness to work with a diverse cohort.

Time Availability

In addition to the mandatory retreat on Saturday, September 13, 2014, fellows should be able to commit 4-6 hours per month (including reading/preparation time) between September 2014 and May 2015 to attend field trips, site visits, and panels.

  • Question: What other time commitments do you have from September 2014 to May 2015?

Interest in Learning

We strongly encourage community members who do not have any technical training of urban regional planning to apply. All that is necessary is an interest in learning about how planning shapes communities and how to participate in that process.

  • Question: How is LULI 2014 contributing to your professional career and/or personal interests?

Willingness to Work with a Diverse Cohort

LULI 2014 brings together a talented team of Fellows, all with different life experiences, career paths, and interests. Because Fellows will work on a project that could directly impact those in the Portland Metro region, we consider team-building skills, leadership potential, and openness to work with others.

  • Question: What does equity mean to you? What challenges do you foresee, or have experienced, in addressing equity?  

Number of Fellows

Currently we are projecting between 15-20 Fellows in the 2014 program.

Application Process

The final application deadline is Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Part 1: Complete and submit the online application by Friday, August 8, 2014 at 5pm.

Part 2: Submit a one-page double-spaced essay by Friday, August 8, 2014, to

Note: Please select one of the three essay prompts included in the online application. The essay prompts are as follows:

  • Do you believe the Metro region should start preparing for climate change? Why or why not?
  • What is your perfect vision for Oregon in 20 years?
  • What do you think are the government’s duties when it comes to public engagement?

Program Sponsorship

1000 Friends of Oregon will provide field trip transportation costs. We also provide snacks and refreshments when appropriate. Hard copies of handout materials will be provided upon request.

Questions/Concerns can be directed to Samuel Diaz, Community Engagement Coordinator at 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Office: (503) 497-1000 x 123. Cell: (530) 276-7472. Email: