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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...

Andrew Riley
Wed, 01/27/2016 - 12:30pm

February is upon us, and that means our 2016-17 Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) program is at its halfway point!

Since September, our cohort of 20 leaders in different sectors and communities has been taking a long look at the Southwest Corridor, a proposed extension of Portland’s MAX light rail system from downtown Portland to Bridgeport Village in Tualatin. In partnership with Metro staff, we’ve explored the ins and outs of planning a major public transit project, and how Metro & TriMet have engaged the public around the Southwest Corridor. Thanks to the generous support of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, participants, partners, and staff took a tour of the Corridor to better understand the issues on...

Jenni Denekas
Fri, 01/27/2017 - 2:50pm

A pictorial tour

Our volunteer and development assistant Jenni Denekas traveled to South Korea last month. Oregon is not the only place with effective land use policies. Check out Jenni's land use tour of South Korea and learn more about how other regions manage their lands to create livable communities, protect natural and working landscapes, and honor their history.

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...