Category: Oregon

At the Metro Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meeting on Jan. 15, the committee was briefed by staff from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) regarding the ongoing implementation of recently adopted HB 2001, also known as the …

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For decades land use regulation across the U.S. has emphasized single-family houses on large lots. This approach has priced many people out of the quintessential American dream: homeownership. It also has promoted suburban sprawl – a pattern of low-density, car-dependent …

America’s love affair with the single-family house is cooling, but it won’t be a quick breakup Read More »

From the Daily Journal of Commerc 12/10/19. The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature saw changes to many existing laws, but none as significant as those relating to requirements for state, regional and local government actions to meet housing needs. …

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From the Daily Journal of Commerce 12/3/19. On Nov. 20, when the Portland City Council agreed to pay $350,000 in attorneys’ fees, it marked a final defeat for the city’s approach to regulating older brick buildings. The order to pay legal fees …

From policy rubble, Portland begins to rebuild Read More »

From Capital Press 11/25/19 SALEM — Most of the farm and forest properties made available for development in Oregon under a decade-old ballot initiative haven’t yet been subdivided, according to state land use regulators. Meanwhile, county governments and affected landowners …

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From the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon 11/22/19. Suppose you want to develop a parcel of land containing a wetland created by water running off an adjacent property. Your project would fill the wetland, so the Federal Water Pollution Control …

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Oregon has citizen involvement as the first of its 19 statewide planning goals and has a statewide Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee to advise citizen involvement programs that each city, county and regional planning agency must have. However, public participation is …

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by Mateusz Perkowski Capitol Press A controversial rails-to-trails project in Oregon’s Yamhill County must be reconsidered due to potential farm impacts from pesticide restrictions, increased trespassing and food safety problems. Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals has blocked the county …

Yamhill County must reconsider rails-to-trails project Read More »

From the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. Exempt use wells can be a great option to get water where it’s needed without first applying for a permit, especially when other water supplies aren’t readily available. In part one of this …

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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 …

OP-ED: Saying land isn’t a prime resource won’t make it less protected Read More »