http://djcoregon.com/news/2019/01/09/op-ed-court-public-need-required-wetland-waterway-fill-permits/ The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) requires a “removal-fill permit” for any activity that involves filling or removing 50 cubic yards of material or more in a wetland or a waterway. The purpose of the law, enacted in …

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http://djcoregon.com/news/2018/12/11/op-ed-california-takings-decision-unnerves-local-governments/  In October, a panel of the California Court of Appeals decided a challenge to some amendments to the San Francisco Administrative Code and rendered a decision that California local governments will find troubling. And given California’s influence in land …

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You are encouraged to be part of a critically important conversation on Monday, December 10th. This conversation will focus on the future of the Oregon planning program in the context of a vision for the future of our state and …

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From the Daily Journal of Commerce Portland. Almost without public attention, the United States Supreme Court has taken up out of Pennsylvania a significant takings case – one that may revolutionize land use law for years to come. Since 1985, …

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A plan to allow 20-acre rural home sites on 22,500 acres of farm and forestland in Oregon’s Douglas County has been withdrawn, though perhaps only Capital Press story Oregon’s Douglas County has withdrawn its plan to allow more rural housing …

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Secondary dwellings on forestlands in Oregon would ease generational transitions, according to a proposal by family forestland owners. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Small forestland owners want the Oregon Board of Forestry to endorse a proposal to allow new dwellings on forestland …

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http://djcoregon.com/news/2018/07/10/op-ed-sorting-out-conflicts-between-weddings-wildlife-protections/ Wedding venues are generally not allowed on farmland or other resource-protected lands, but this has not stopped property owners wishing to host such events from coming up with new and creative approaches to allow such activities. A recent Land …

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The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled farmland dwellings can be rebuilt even if they were demolished more than five years ago, reversing a previous legal decision. Dwellings can be rebuilt on Oregon farmland regardless of when the original structures …

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http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20180314/oregon-county-approves-scaled-back-rural-housing-zone Oregon’s Douglas County has approved a scaled-back plan to allow more rural housing on land currently zoned for farm and forest uses. The change to the county’s comprehensive land use plan would allow 20-acre home sites to be carved …

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