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Meriel Darzen

Six months with 1000 Friends

Hello from snowy Bend! Six months ago I began work as the Circuit Rider Staff Attorney for 1000 Friends. In this short time I have met people from all over the state and worked on many interesting land use issues. As the Circuit Rider, it is my job to monitor land use actions that impact rural lands, including farm and forestlands, and make sure that counties are applying state land use law in a way that upholds the intent of the Statewide Land Use Goals. I also work closely with the 1000 Friends Farmers Advisory Committee to advocate for better land use protections for working farms. Here is an overview of what I’ve been up to so far:

  • Engaged with 1000 Friends’...
Mia Nelson

& what this means for UGB’s in Oregon

Year after year, 1000 Friends opposes persistent legislative efforts to weaken Oregon’s land use protections. Often, the best outcome one can hope for is preservation of what we already have; only rarely is the program significantly strengthened. That’s why the 2013 passage of House Bill 2253, which created a statewide population forecasting system, was such an important victory for us, and for Oregon. 

Our land use system confines most growth to cities while preserving farms and forests. The program further protects rural lands by allowing urban growth boundary (UGB) expansions only when cities have a genuine need for additional space.

Cities use...

Mary Kyle McCurdy

The 2017 Oregon Legislative session takes off in February, and 1000 Friends of Oregon will be working to pass several legislative proposals of statewide importance, impacting both rural and urban areas.Transportation Funding. Governor Kate Brown and Oregon’s legislative leaders have promised to pass a comprehensive, multi-modal transportation funding and policy package in the 2017 session. 1000 Friends is working with a broad coalition of transportation advocates – the Oregon Transportation Forum – to craft and pass this package. Our focus in this package is transit. Oregon’s Joint Legislative Committee on Transportation held hearings around the state this past summer and fall, and heard one consistent theme: Oregonians in big cities and small towns...

Andrew Riley

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $95,000 to the new Regional Equity Atlas team

On behalf of the Regional Equity Atlas project team, 1000 Friends of Oregon is proud to announce that Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded $95,000 toward the development of the next iteration of the Regional Equity Atlas! The work of creating the next Regional Equity Atlas - what we've sometimes taken to calling the "3.0" edition - is led by a transition team comprising 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Coalition of Communities of ColorEcoTrust, and Futurewise.

The Regional Equity Atlas, originally developed by the Coalition...

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 12:00pm

1000 Friends of Oregon Board announces transportation and land use expert Lynn Peterson to serve as interim executive director

Former Clackamas County Commissioner has also served as a senior transportation advisor to and Transportation Secretary in Oregon and Washington

CONTACT: Mary Kyle McCurdy, 503-497-1000 x130,

December 15, 2016—Chair of the Board of 1000 Friends of Oregon, Kurt Koehler, announced today that transportation and land use leader Lynn Peterson will serve as interim executive director from January 1, 2017 through to the hiring of a new executive director.

“We are pleased to have Lynn’s strong management...

1000 Friends of Oregon and Jason Miner
Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:10pm

Today we are proud to announce the transition of 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Executive Director Jason Miner to serve as Oregon’s next Natural Resources Policy Director in Governor Kate Brown’s cabinet.

"Jason has a strong background in conservation, land use law, and coalition building," Governor Brown said. "I welcome Jason to my policy team and look forward to engaging with Oregonians to better preserve and protect the long-term health of our natural resources, while balancing the needs of Oregon communities to support a thriving statewide economy.”

Since 2010, Miner served as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon. With the help of exceptionally talented staff, he launched programs...

Andrew Riley
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 1:03am

1000 Friends of Oregon mourns the loss of Justin Buri, who passed away on November 1st, 2016. Justin was well-known in our community as a champion of housing justice: he served as a board member of Housing Land Advocates, a core member of the statewide Inclusionary Zoning Coalition, and as former Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants. We hold Justin's wife, Julieth, in our thoughts, as well as the family, friends, and community now grieving his loss.

Justin left an indelible mark on our community and our collective work for housing justice, and he was at the center of virtually every victory for housing at a state and local level. Justin helped lead coalitions to...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:12pm

The US Justice Department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released updated guidance on how to apply the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) to state and local land use and zoning laws.  The FHA prohibits discrimination in housing based on disability, race, color, religion, national origin, sex and familial status (residing with children under 18).  It bars state and local governments from enacting or enforcing land use and zoning laws, policies, practices and decisions that discriminate against persons because of a protected characteristic, such as race, national origin, or disability.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney...