Land Use

photo courtesy of Linda Jue

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.

What We’re Working On

Second Win for Farmland at Port Westward

Second Win for Farmland at Port Westward

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals rejected Columbia County's second attempt to open 837 acres of high-value agricultural land along the Columbia River to industrial development. The Port of St. Helens proposes doubling the size of its rural Port Westward property...

Protecting Farmland for our Food and our Future

Protecting Farmland for our Food and our Future

Take a drive down the winding rural roads north of Clatskanie and one cannot help but feel a sense of appreciation for some of the best farmland in the country. On these agricultural lands in the floodplain of the Columbia River, local farmers grow heirloom peppermint…

A Win for the Skykomish

A Win for the Skykomish

We won an important case for local residents seeking to protect wetland habitat for salmon and landslide prone slopes from intense commercial development along the Skykomish River….

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