[LandUse-News] LandUse-News from DLCD
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Tue May 4 16:32:45 PDT 2004
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May 4: (The Oregonian) 11 sites on 'shovel-ready' list
On Monday, Gov. Ted Kulongoski unveiled the state's first 11 certified
industrial sites, specifying locations statewide where employers can
most quickly create industrial jobs as the state's economy rebounds. The
slate of sites is the first tangible result of the governor's order, in
his earliest days in office, to locate "shovel-ready" industrial sites
to promote employment growth across the state. The certification process
gave state and local agencies an advance review of each property and
secured from each agency a commitment to speed development on the sites
if companies commit to build there...
May 4: (AP, Statesman Journal) Web site lists industrial-ready areas
PORTLAND - Developers can take their pick of 11 new ready-to-go
industrial sites around the state, along with a new Web site that Gov.
Ted Kulongoski said Monday will help market Oregon to the rest of the
nation. The governor ordered the so-called "project-ready"
industrial sites not long after taking office in 2003 and made them one
of his top priorities in his address to the second statewide economic
summit in December...
May 4: (Daily Journal of Commerce) Metro chief Jordan's Goal 5
recommendation raises concerns
Concern is growing among property owners and developers as Metro
continues work on a plan for regulating development on land deemed
regionally significant for fish and wildlife habitat. The initiative is
driven by Goal 5, a statewide measure designed to protect natural
resources, open spaces and scenic and historic areas...
May 4: (Tidepool) The planner's dilemma
In the 1980s, when I was a college teacher in Prescott, Ariz., I often
took my history students down to Cordes Junction to visit Arcosanti, the
architect Paolo Soleri's urban experiment in the high desert. In class,
we were studying the rise of the city and reading Kevin Reilly's "The
West and the World," so we were fortunate to have, a mere half-hour
drive away, Soleri's vision of a future metropolis...
May 4: (Corvallis Gazette-Times) Tie-breaker OKs Home Depot
Corvallis Mayor Helen Berg cast the deciding vote to allow Home Depot
to build a store in north Corvallis on Monday night. The City Council,
absent one member, split 4-4 over a motion to block the development
known as Corvallis Station. Berg only votes to break a tie, and said
that she had known for a week that the outcome of a decision that has
divided a city and the council could come down to her...
May 3: (The Oregonian) Metro works to invite industry
Metro is debating a plan to preserve industrial land in the Portland
area for warehouses, manufacturing, high-tech and other companies
considered crucial to the region's economic recovery. The proposal
limits other types of business -- from restaurants to banks to lawyers
-- on thousands of acres zoned for industry. It also sets standards for
cities and counties that want to splinter large parcels of industrial
land into smaller chunks...
May 3: (AP, Dauly Journal of Commerce) National park weighs cell phone
DURANGO, Colo. - The government is considering an application to erect
a cellular telephone tower at Mesa Verde National Park, one of the
nation's premier archaeological preserves. The application is the
first for the park in southwestern Colorado, said Patty Trap, Mesa
Verde's chief of planning...
May 2: (Column, The Oregonian) A tree and a future grow in Oregon
CLATSKANIE -- It's quiet here. The sun shines. The sky's a brilliant
blue. The ground is soft, and a breeze moves through rows of trees. It's
a long way from the clash of industry and environmentalists, a long way
from Portland or Salem with their bustle and rushed talk about Oregon's
future. It's quiet here, but if you listen you might hear our future
May 2: (The Oregonian) Klamath wells deep in trouble
KLAMATH FALLS -- After the U.S. government turned drought to disaster
by cutting off their irrigation water in 2001, Klamath Basin farmers
drilled more than 100 new wells as insurance against going dry again.
The Bush administration has put them to new use. It's paying farmers to
irrigate crops with billions of gallons of water from the wells, leaving
lake and river water for protected fish...
May 1: (Coos Bay World) Lands with history now flooded with grounds for
Alongside bustling Cape Arago Highway, a 550-foot dormant smokestack
looms over the bay, a remnant of industrial prosperity from earlier
days. The Coos Head pulp mill, which began production in 1929 and by
1937 was considered one of the most successful of its kind in the
Pacific Northwest, closed in 1970 on the Sitka Dock property in Barview.
The land has been on the market since 1971...
April 30: (Daily Journal of Commerce) Officials see new MAX as economic
Business owners and city officials hope the TriMet Interstate MAX line
won't just be a speedy way to get from downtown Portland to the expo
center, but a shot in the arm for the revitalization already occurring
in the North Portland neighborhoods it will connect. "From an economic
standpoint, we hope it will increase the customer's access to the
businesses so businesses can draw on a wider range of people to open up
new markets," said Lois Cortell, development manager at the Portland
April 29: (Roseburg News-Review) Land use boss making state agency more
In his nine weeks as the head of the state Department of Land
Conservation and Development, Lane Shetterly has already visited Douglas
County twice. The former veteran Republican legislator hopes his efforts
to get out of his Salem office and meet with local folks will make the
agency seem less stuffy and closed-off...
April 29: (Eugene Register-Guard) New site difficult for EWEB to
The Eugene Water & Electric Board is learning firsthand how difficult
it can be to find a 30-acre chunk of land suitable for a new
headquarters and maintenance facility. Following a path well-trodden by
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center during its search for a site to build
a Eugene hospital, the utility is working from a very short list of
properties in or near the city limits...
April 29: (Corvallis Gazette-Times) Forum examines Corvallis
About 50 people spent their lunch hour Wednesday at Oregon State
University's CH2M Hill Alumni Center, listening to a Chamber of
Commerce-sponsored panel talk about new ways to improve the business
climate in Corvallis. But a question from the audience revealed that,
for some local business people, the same old problems persist. "We're
thinking about expanding," said Phil Doud, president of John & Phil's
Toyota. "For five years, we've looked for property to move within the
city limits. There is no property within the city..."
April 29: (The Oregonian) The light-rail connection
Pam Shelly's house in Irvington is about a 25 minute walk from the MAX
light-rail stop at Lloyd Center, although that hasn't stopped the former
public school principal from walking her luggage to the rail stop for
trips to the airport. But Shelly, 55, is hoping to buy a house in the
Overlook neighborhood within a 5 minute walk of the Interstate MAX
light-rail line that, beginning Saturday, will connect downtown with the
Portland Expo Center in North Portland...
April 29: (Commentary, The Oregonian) Rod Moore: Seas look calmer from
The Oregonian seems to be looking at a different body of water than the
one that laps against Oregon's shores ("On Earth Day, troubled seas,"
editorial, April 22). Or maybe, like the U.S. Commission on Ocean
Policy, the newspaper simply ignored all the hard work done by
scientists, fisheries, managers, tribal governments, the seafood
industry and recreational fishermen here on the West Coast...
April 29: (Commentary, The Oregonian) Mark Hixon and Joe Rohleder: A
chance to reverse ocean trends
Our oceans are in trouble. Some 90 percent of large fish -- including
tuna and swordfish -- have disappeared in the past 50 years; ocean
pollution is rampant; coral reefs are bleaching and dying; warnings
about seafood unfit for consumption are increasing; ocean habitats are
degrading. Problems are persisting, often worsening, yet our current
policies and practices are not reversing these trends...
April 29: (Commenary, The Oregonian) Jane Lubchenco and Richard
Hildreth: Ratify Law of the Sea treaty
An opportunity for the United States to participate in international
decisions concerning ocean management is in serious danger of being
squandered. Our oceans are too important to neglect. Our U.S. senators
should have the opportunity to vote on the United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea and to enable the United States to be an active
participant in setting international ocean policies. Oregonians -- with
our long tradition of appreciating the bounty and beauty of oceans --
have strong reasons to support effective international mechanisms to
address global ocean challenges...
April 29: (The Oregonian) Wal-Mart will pursue appeal
HILLSBORO -- In a move showing Wal-Mart's commitment to building its
first store in Washington County, the world's biggest retailer has taken
its case to the Oregon Court of Appeals. The decision, confirmed by
Wal-Mart officials on Wednesday, follows an 18-month debate over
traffic, design and location of the store, proposed at Northwest
Cornelius Pass and West Baseline roads...
April 29: (The Oregonian) Annexations put growth back on ballot in
You can't blame people for wanting to shut the door once they get to
Sandy. It's pretty and clean and increasingly attracts active and
artistic residents. It's a short drive to Mount Hood and all the skiing,
snowboarding, hiking and camping available there, but close enough to
Portland that a jaunt into the big city isn't a chore...
April 29: (Editorial, Polk Co. Itemizer-Observer) LCDC advocates for
When the new executive director of the Oregon Land Conservation and
Development Commission took his post he indicated that there would be
greater emphasis on the "development" side than there had been. It looks
as if Lane Shetterly again is proving his word is good. Right now, the
LCDC is advocating in favor of a cattle feed lot being established in
Jefferson County... (CORRECTION: Lane Shetterly is the Director of DLCD,
which is guided by LCDC)
April 28: (Newport News-Times) County planners go with city request to
expand industrial area at Newport north end
The Lincoln County Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend the
county commissioners agree to a series of zoning changes on Newport's
north side intended to provide land for heavy and medium industrial
April 28: (Letter to the Editor, The Oregonian) Tell Metro to save
Farmland or not? In the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity
to decide whether the Willamette Valley will look like the Los Angeles
Basin or will retain its farmland. Simply decide if you wish the region
to be a mega-city or retain a rural atmosphere for your children and
April 28: (The Oregonian) Metro, Tualatin buy land to link greenspaces
Metro and the city of Tualatin have purchased eight acres along the
Tualatin River for $1.2 million to connect existing greenspaces. The
property at 19020 S.W. 50th Ave. contains trees, meadow and 835 feet of
riverfront, Metro officials said in a news release. Tualatin's share of
the purchase is $359,040, which will come from system development funds.
Metro, the regional government, will pay $840,960 from its open space
bond measure funds...
Department of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540
Phone: (503) 373-0050 x268
Fax: (503) 378-6033
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