Land Use

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Land Use

Over 40 years ago, Oregon adopted a land use system that aimed to protect farm and forestlands from urban sprawl, ensure fact-based review of land use decisions, and encourage citizen participation in the land use process. We support local residents and conservation groups that are invested in making sure Oregon’s farm and forestlands are maintained for rural uses through litigation and local action. In 2017, we increased our capacity to work with communities by adding a Land Use Fellow to our legal team to focus on how Oregon’s iconic land use program can be implemented as a tool for achieving environmental justice.
Keep up with current land use issues by reading our blog, Our Land.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

Supreme Court Clarifies Public’s Right to Enforce Land Use Laws

Oregon Supreme Court sided with local citizens who sought to the public’s right to enforce land use laws when a local County government failed to uphold its own land use laws. Jackson County had allowed an unlawful asphalt plan to continue to operate near a retirement community and Crag Law Center stepped in to protect the community.

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Last week, a Hearings Officer in the City of Warrenton denied land use permits for Oregon LNG's natural gas terminal. Crag worked together with clients Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition to demonstrate the proposal's risks to the community...

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