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

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….

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.

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