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Alyson Marchi-Young
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00pm

March is Women’s History Month. Women have made powerful impacts throughout history, and often their stories go untold. This is why we are taking the time to highlight a few Oregonian women who have made indelible marks on the state’s land use history and future. Today, we profile a few of those outstanding individuals in celebration of Women’s History Month. And, because we shouldn’t just leave women’s history (or any other group’s history) to one month out of the year, we will periodically provide a profile of someone in Oregon’s land use history whose story may not have been widely shared.

Senate Bill 100, Oregon’s landmark legislation establishing our land use planning system, was passed in 1973. Since that time, it has been a model nationally and...

Hilliary Giglio
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:10pm

The 2017 McCall Gala was a huge success. We are so grateful for the amazing community of 300 supporters who come together to celebrate the urban growth boundary and giving Oregonians the best of both worlds! We hope everyone had a fantastic time.

The evening was a-buzz of excitement. Governor Kate Brown graced the event for the early part of the evening, proud to speak about the value of Oregon’s conservation efforts, and to recognize her friend, predecessor, and mentor, the Honorable Barbara Roberts. Governor Brown welcomed our guests and shared some special words in recognition of the Honorable...

Robin Maxey
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:40pm
Office of the Senate President

(SALEM) – Bipartisan legislation aimed at improving and increasing housing for farm workers in Oregon cleared its first key hurdle Tuesday when the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue approved Senate Bill 1 for consideration by the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

The measure creates a personal income or corporation tax credit for the operating costs of housing for agricultural workers. It is sponsored jointly by Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn) and Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River).

Current state law provides incentive for farmers to build farm worker housing but not for maintenance and operations. Farmers say maintaining and operating housing can be expensive and the costs work as a deterrent to building additional housing. In addition to not charging rent to their workers, farmers cover other expenses like utilities and upkeep.

“Farmers are limited in how they can recoup their costs,” said Thomsen, owner of...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:30pm

2017 Tom McCall Legacy Award

On March 18th, at our 2017 McCall Gala, we recognized the Honorable Barbara K Roberts for her lifetime of service to Oregon. The Tom McCall Legacy Award is given to those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to Oregon and our land use planning system. 

Descriptions of Barbara Roberts’ contributions to Oregon always include her many firsts - the first woman to serve as Governor of Oregon (1991-95);  the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Oregon House of Representatives; the first Democrat elected Secretary of State in over 100 years – and to celebrate, she was the first statewide elected official in the country to have a gay-identified choir sing at her inauguration.[1]

But what makes Governor Roberts stand out is her sustained devotion to Oregon and its...

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 03/07/2017 - 9:45am

A new bill has been proposed to create a toll based highway, cutting north/south across Washington and Clackamas County.  

HB 3231 authorizes cities and counties to form a special taxing and revenue district to undertake everything involved with financing, designing, building, and operating a limited access tollway. The bill authorizes the tollway district to use eminent domain to acquire land, and to establish, collect, and enforce tolls. The tollway on which this idea was modeled is in the Denver area, and charges (according to the Oregonian) tolls up to $17.45 for cars and $69.80 for trucks.

HB 3231 also authorizes the district to override designation of rural reserves, thereby allowing this to pave over Washington and Clackamas County farm land. Rural reserves have been agreed to by the three counties, Metro...

Greg Holmes
Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:40pm

Agriculture continues to be one of Oregon's leading industries, providing over $50 billion in sales of food, fiber, and agricultural products, and providing over 325,000 full and part-time jobs. Oregon's Board of Agriculture just delivered to Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature the 2017 Oregon State of the Agriculture Industry Report. Oregon is blessed with some of the world's most productive soils and temperate climates, resulting in more than 225 different agricultural products grown in Oregon. This diversity is the strength of Oregon's agricultural industry.

The Report addresses several issues that we and our partners are working on through our Food...

Alyson Marchi-Young
Tue, 02/28/2017 - 5:50pm

"Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport...

Meriel Darzen
Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:10pm

Chair Clem and members of the Committee:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on HB 2144, a bill addressing nonconforming uses. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice.

HB 2144 addresses the regulation of nonconforming uses, which are uses that preexist land use regulation. Such uses, if commenced today, would either not be permitted or would require land use approvals. Nonconforming uses can be anything from surface mines to home occupations to dog boarding. This bill appears to address concerns about how nonconforming uses can be recognized by counties such that they can continue without challenge.

1000 Friends of Oregon appreciates the intent of the bill and supports the concept of requiring nonconforming uses to have been lawful at the time of...