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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By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press A plan to make rural housing development easier in Oregon’s Douglas County must be reconsidered because state land use adjudicators have determined it inadequately preserves farm and forest lands. Last year, the county authorized about …

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From Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon Exempt use wells can be a great option to get water where it’s needed without a permit, especially when other supplies aren’t readily available. An exempt use well might be a viable solution to …

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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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The Oregon Court of Appeals last month raised a zombie city, otherwise known as Damascus, that most people thought was long buried in the municipal graveyard, creating havoc and headaches for other governments in the Portland region. The story of …

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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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The eastern part of Oregon is a land unto itself. Its people, its industries, and its political and social attitudes vary widely from the majority of the state’s population concentrated in the Willamette Valley. Its challenges are also unique. Aside …

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