Farmers fight urban growth

Farmers fight urban growth

Farmers in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties are joining convervation groups in their efforts to protect farmland and keep urban growth boundaries tight.

But proponents of urban growth have been arguing that the 1 million people expected to move to the Portland area over the next 20 years makes expanding the boundaries crucial.

At public hearings across the region, plain-spoken farmers in Carhartt jackets, work boots and blue jeans are calling for compact cities, tight urban growth boundaries and strict protection of farmland. Jim Johnson, the state Department of Agriculture's land-use specialist, said he's never seen such a collaboration of farmers and environmentalists.

They've met some pushback, such as from homebuilders who point out that farm and conservation groups want about 230,000 acres of rural reserves -- nearly 10 times more land than would be designated for development.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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Jim Standring
0 #1 Jim StandringJim Standring 2010-01-26 13:39:17
Mr. Johnson should support his boss Katy Coba, as well as the other 8 for a total of 9 State Agencies supporting logical and balanced Urban Reserves. A 9-11% increase in potential new lands added to the UGB over the next 40 years to allow for a million new people almost doubling our population is more than reasonable.
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