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 community participation in the land use process. We support local residents and conservation groups who are invested in making sure Oregon’s farm and forestlands are maintained for rural uses through litigation and local action. In recent years, we have been working with a variety of community-based organizations to explore ways Oregon’s iconic land use program can be implemented as a tool for achieving environmental justice.

What We’re Working On

Oregon Farmland Protected at Port Westward!

Oregon Farmland Protected at Port Westward!

Court Decision Effectively Halts Plans for Proposed Methanol Refinery, Industrial Expansion at Columbia River Port Crag is celebrating with our client Columbia Riverkeeper on a key victory for farmland and our climate. On May 22, 2019 the Oregon Court of Appeals...

Protecting Rural Coastal Lands from Sprawl

Protecting Rural Coastal Lands from Sprawl

Crag and our client Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition celebrated a win for rural working lands and the laws that protect coastal landscapes. Crag has been working over 15 years to help community members and local organizations use Oregon’s iconic land use laws to protect our rural landscapes.

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...

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