Reports & Publications


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Great & Growing: People and Jobs in Oregon's Agri-Cluster
One in eight Oregon jobs. $22 billion in economic activity. Jobs and communities in every corner of the state. Our November 2013 report chronicles the many economic and community benefits of Oregon agriculture and the businesses that depend on it--which together comprise the second-largest industry in the state.

Our latest companion report, More Than Just Farms: Oregon's Food Systems in Transition is available as a white paper. More Than Just Farms takes a closer look at specific Oregon regions and the people who work their lands. How do those working in food production connect producers with consumers to improve access to nutritious food while enhancing the economic stability of local growers and food-related businesses? The answer: Food Systems. Download our 2016 report and learn more about how food systems deliver economic vitality for food producers and food-security for Oregonians. 

Learn more and read the report at

More Extensive Is More Expensive (PDF)
When it comes to infrastructure, many Oregon communities are making the wrong bets. Our 2013 report explores how building infrastructure for sprawl is draining the budgets of many communities, and recommends simple steps that cities can take to bring their budgets back in line. Learn more and download the report at

Public Participation in Land Use Planning (PDF)
Public Participation is the first goal in Oregon's land use planning program. Why? Beginning in the 1960s and ’70s, our nation witnessed an emerging demand for the integration of social, political, and environmental concerns in public decision making. When “sagebrush subdivisions, coastal condomania, and the ravenous rampages of suburbia” threatened Oregon’s quality of life and economic base, Oregonians demanded greater participation in the land use decisions impacting their communities. Within the very process of creating the state's land use laws, citizen involvement was the critical first step.

Guide to Land Use Appeals (PDF
Need to appeal a case to the Land Use Board of Appeals? Our guide will have everything you need to know. NOTE: This edition of the Guide to Land Use Appeals was revised in June 2018, and is based upon state law, administrative rules, and the written decisions of LUBA and the courts effective at that time. All are subject to change. This guide does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Special thanks to Chris Tackett-Nelson and Nick Rischiotto for their volunteer time updating this Guide. If you have questions, please contact Mary Kyle McCurdy, or 503.497.1000 x130.

Solar Siting: how does land use guide the location of solar arrays? (PDF)
Renewable energy development has been booming in Oregon as we aim to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels. This is a great opportunity for economic growth and sustainable energy for our communities. How we support renewable energy development, and in this case solar energy, while preserving our working lands for their most productive uses, is the question on our minds. We wrote a white paper guide for solar array siting in Oregon.  

Smart Growth America
1000 Friends is a coalition partner of Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. Visit their website at for resources, reports and opportunities to take action advocating for sustainable communities at the local, state and national level.

Blueprint for Oregon's Future: Strategies and Actions to Help Us Meet Oregonians' Shared Goals (2008) (PDF)
Blueprint has its roots in the second round of Envision Oregon town halls in 2007. It lays out the shared values and goals of forum participants and outlines a strategy to meet those goals. Click here to download the Blueprint.

Envision Oregon, Round One report (2007) (PDF)
In 2006, 1000 Friends co-sponsored a series of town halls across the state to "have a conversation about Oregon's Future. Over 1100 Oregonians participated. Find out what they said. 

Too Many Homes on the Range: The Impact of Rural Sprawl on Ranching and Habitat (PDF)
Based upon dozens of interviews with ranchers, environmentalists, land use planners and others, this report explores the impact of development on both ranches and plant and animal habitat in Eastern Oregon.

LUTRAQ (Land Use, Transportation, Air Quality) Connection

The LUTRAQ alternative was developed by 1000 Friends as a comprehensive solution, integrating land use and transportation policies, for managing projected growth in Washington County, Oregon.

The LUTRAQ alternative provides residents of Washington County with an alternative to the proposed Western Bypass freeway and continued suburban sprawl. It is based on the idea that land use and transportation planning must be integrated, in order to reduce reliance on the automobile, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and foster sense of community. Simply put, people will not drive less, until their communities are designed to provide reasonable alternatives.

Creating Better Communities: The LUTRAQ Principles of Land Use, Transportation & Air Quality  (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 1, Modeling Practices, 1991 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 2, Existing Conditions, 1991 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 3, The LUTRAQ Alternative, 1992 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 3A, Market Research, 1992 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 4, Model Modifications, 1992, Revised 1996 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 4A, The Pedestrian Environment, 1993 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 4B, Building Environment, 1994 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 5, Analysis of Alternatives, 1996 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol 6, Implementation, 1995 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol. 7, Making the Connections- LUTRAQ Project Summary, 1997 (PDF)

LUTRAQ, Vol. 8, Making the Connections - Technical Report, 1997 (PDF)

Site Design & Travel Behavior - A Bibliography, 1993 (PDF)

The Long & Winding Road: Farmland Protection in Oregon 1961-2009 (PDF)
Edward Sullivan & Ronald Eber

Examines Oregon's use of tax policies and land use laws to preserve farmland and measures their effictiveness.  Originally published in the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review.

Putting the People in Planning:
A Primer on Public Participation in Planning (3rd Edition, May 2008)

Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development (DLCD)

A "how to" manual about public participation in land use planning. A great resource for planners and local officials to help implement Oregon's Statewide Planning Goal One - CItizen Involvement - and explain Goal One to non-planners.

Download the manual (129 pages) from DLCD's web site.

Measure 37-related reports

How Have Land-Use Regulations Affected Property Values in Oregon?
Oregon State University Extension Service (PDF)

This study suggests Oregon's land-use laws don't limit or reduce property values, but may, in fact, boost them.

Two Years of Measure 37: Oregon's Property Wrongs
Sightline Institute

A companion report to 1000 Friends' And Fairness for None video, the report documents how Measure 37 has affected residents of seven communities--farmers, foresters, business owners, and suburbanites--and examines whether the initiative is undermining the very rights it claimed to protect

Click here to download individual stories or the entire report.