Protection of farmland and forestland is a long-standing land use principle in Oregon. Statewide Land Use Planning Goal 3 requires that lands with certain soil classification, lands suitable for farm use regardless of soil class, and lands necessary for farming …

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By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press An farmland conservation group is appealing an Oregon land use ruling that determined commercial events at an on-farm brewery are an allowable “subordinate” activity to agriculture. Although the Friends of Yamhill County organization succeeded in …

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Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, involved a local ordinance that required “all cemeteries … be kept open and accessible to the general public during daylight hours;” however, the landowner on whose property …

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http://djcoregon.com/news/2019/04/09/op-ed-oregon-apparently-serious-preserving-farmland-farming/ In late February, the Oregon Supreme Court gave the final word (for now, at least) on a controversy that has dragged on for many years (and at one time involved a law firm that included your columnists). Waste Management …

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http://djcoregon.com/news/2019/03/12/op-ed-possible-new-method-addressing-housing-affordability/ The fact that Oregon is in the midst of a devastating housing crisis is not news. Since 2011, the rental vacancy rate in Oregon has hovered between 3.9 percent and 4.9 percent, while the national average has gone from …

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https://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/422202-325077-economist-anti-sprawl-rules-boost-home-costs Land-use planners and affordable housing advocates now are blaming the Great Recession for many of the people living on the streets — and the even larger number struggling to keep their homes. Several recent studies show that new home …

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