Oregon land use law turns 40

| Print |  Email
Articles - September 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013

As state land-use law celebrates its 40th birthday, the closest thing to a consensus in Oregon’s business community — which encompasses enough industries to represent a spectrum of supporters and detractors — may be that there’s a better system in place today precisely because of the challenges and changes that have occurred, be it at the ballot box, in the legislature or in the marketplace. The journey of Oregon’s land-use system is the search for a happy medium: between planning goals and market realities, between state-dictated outcomes and local jurisdictions’ desires, between smart transit-oriented growth in the Willamette Valley and reversing the decline of small rural enclaves. If land-use law forces unwanted change upon those living along growth boundaries, it also creates options.

Back at Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Robert Gross may lament that within a
decade the company’s namesake vineyard will likely give way to a subdivision. But the winery has already purchased new land on the north edge of nearby Chehalem Mountain, one that might yield better pinots than before. “It’s a terrific site,” he says, “and we’re already looking for more.”

0913 LandFutures Timeline

 



 

More Articles

Power Players

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY ROBERT MULLIN

A new energy-sharing agreement sparks concerns about independence and collaboration in the region's utility industry.


Read more...

6 development projects reshaping Bend

The Latest
Thursday, April 09, 2015
bendthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Bend has reclaimed its prerecession title as one of the fastest growing cities in the country.


Read more...

Courtside

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

Power lunching at the Court Street Dairy Lunch in Salem.


Read more...

10 Oregon companies positioning themselves for growth

The Latest
Friday, March 13, 2015
vcthumbBY JACOB PALMER | OB DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Ten startups have secured venture capital, angel or seed funding in 2015.


Read more...

European Vacation

Guest Blog
Thursday, April 23, 2015
norristhumbBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

There are winners and losers with a strengthening U.S. dollar.


Read more...

Banking Perspective

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Craig Wanichek, president and CEO of Summit Bank.


Read more...

Epitaph for a Boondoggle

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

The CRC is a cautionary tale about how we plan for, finance and invest in transportation infrastructure.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS