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Tue Jun 22 15:52:48 PDT 2004
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June 22: (Wilsonville Spokesman) UGB critics, supporters make case to
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Next Thursday - on June 24 - the Metro Council
will finally decide which potential industrial sites to add to the urban
growth boundary, and only one thing is certain. All over the Portland
region, advocates and critics of the various sites are using every last
second to make their cases - plural - to the decision makers...
June 22: (Madras Pioneer) Commission works on decison
For over a year, brothers Gordon and Jeff Jones have been working on
renovation plans for the Camp Sherman-area Lake Creek Lodge, but some
area residents are determined to change those plans...
June 22: (Eugene Register-Guard) Development Report: Building plan
mixes retail with apartments
SPRINGFIELD - St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is planning to
redevelop two existing buildings into a $5.7 million mixed-use building
at Fifth and Main streets in Springfield that the agency hopes will
breathe life into redevelopment efforts. The new building would house
4,570-square-feet of retail space on the ground floor and a total of 33
one-bedroom "affordable" apartments on the other four floors, said Terry
McDonald, executive director of the nonprofit organization...
June 22: (Statesman Journal) Keizer council approves budget, Keizer
The Keizer City Council voted unanimously to approve both the budget
and Keizer Station master plans Monday night. The $26 million budget
finances all city operations for the year. The shopping center's
master plan outlines landscaping rules; dimensions of roadways,
sidewalks and pedestrian pathways; and the size and look of buildings
and parking lots for the project...
June 22: (Daily Journal of Commerce) 'Big Ideas for Small Lots'
competition to start
Portland officials hope a new architectural design competition will
narrow the divide between proponents of so-called "skinny" lots and
their detractors. On 25-foot-wide lots in several city neighborhoods,
regulations allow the development of 15-foot-wide homes for single
families. Because a regional urban growth boundary prevents development
in outlying areas, Portland officials insist they need to take advantage
of these narrow lots with in-fill housing. But to some long-time
residents of these neighborhoods, the homes are an eyesore...
June 21: (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Property rights battle intensifies
Leonard Rosen followed a simple strategy when he founded what is now
Southwest Florida's largest city. The New Jersey cosmetics salesman, who
started Cape Coral in Lee County in the 1950s, said he "had no intention
of doing anything else except coming in here and buying this land for a
dollar and selling it for 10..."
June 21: (The Oregonian) Wal-Mart fights Hillsboro's land-use
Wal-Mart pressed on with its fight to build its first Washington County
store, arguing Friday before the Oregon Court of Appeals that the city
of Hillsboro changed its own rules to thwart the world's largest
June 20: (Bend Bulletin) How tall is too tall?
Bend is certainly growing. The question is, should Bend be growing up?
The city council is expected to vote in August or September on an
ordinance that would raise building height limits in much of downtown
Bend by 20 feet...
June 18: (The Oregonian) Metro reverses votes on sites for industrial
The Metro Council responded to local criticisms Thursday by reversing a
pair of earlier votes about which areas are best suited for eventual
industrial development. Now, the Frog Pond area of east Wilsonville is
out. A parcel north of Cornelius, in western Washington County, is
June 18: (Daily Journal of Commerce) Five Oregon sites receive EPA
Five Oregon projects have been awarded environmental cleanup and
assessment grants totaling $900,000 from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency as part of the agency's national brownfields
redevelopment initiative. Brownfields are properties where expansion,
redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential
presence of a contaminant, pollutant or hazardous substance...
June 18: (Commentary, Corvallis Gazette-Times) Building a sustainable
In recent years, sustainability has become an important issue for
Corvallis government. In a sustainable society, environmental
protection, economic objectives and social justice join together to meet
the needs of today without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet the needs of tomorrow...
June 17: (Editorial, The Oregonian) Figure Clark County into the mix
The Metro regional government isn't fragile exactly, but it is only as
strong as its alliances with local governments. When those unravel, and
Metro is perceived as bullying the nearly two dozen cities within the
region, Metro's usefulness is open to doubt. Enough friction, over time,
jeopardizes the concept of a regional government...
June 17: (Polk County Itemizer-Observer) Urban growth boundaries
SALEM -- The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission on
Friday began a process that will clarify and streamline the Urban Growth
Boundary (UGB) amendment process. The LCDC appointed a work group to
advise the department and Commission in drafting the proposed rule, and
approved a conceptual draft goal and rule. The current process to
establish and amend a UGB is outlined in Statewide Planning Goal 14:
June 16: (Roseburg News-Review) Planning panel to consider kennels
The Douglas County Planning Commission must decide this week whether to
issue permits to a pair of commercial dog kennels that have operated for
the past several years without required land use permits...
June 16: (Commentary, Eugene Register-Guard) PeaceHealth has only
itself to blame
The June 11 Register-Guard editorial on the Oregon Court of Appeals
decision in the PeaceHealth case makes some unsupported assumptions. A
brief response is necessary before those and other unhelpful assumptions
become dogma and close minds that need to be open...
June 16: (Letter to the Editor, The Oregonian) Growth management a
My heart grieved when I learned that the Metro Council favors again
expanding the urban growth boundary by more than 1,000 acres onto
economically productive farmland in order to attract big industry to the
June 16: (Medford Mail-Tribune) Wal-Mart buys site for store in south
Wal-Mart bought Miles Field and the surrounding property from Jackson
County for $15.6 million Tuesday, following 14 months of negotiations.
The sale does not change the status of the Medford City Council decision
in May to reject a 207,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for
the site. The council decided that the design was incompatible with the
June 16: (Medford Mail-Tribune) Golf course plans may end
ASHLAND - Developers of a controversial proposed golf course threatened
to scrap the entire $10 million plan Tuesday after members of the Bear
Creek Greenway Committee declined to alter the designation of
environmentally sensitive public land to allow private use. "We're
going to abandon the project and back off," said Mike Peru, who
represents owners of the proposed Billings Ranch Golf Course north of
June 16: (Corvallis Gazette-Times) Land-use office seeks panelist
SALEM - The Department of Land Conservation and Development invites
citizens to apply for an at-large vacancy on the state's Citizen
Involvement Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Land
Conservation and Development Commission and local government on citizen
involvement in land-use planning. It does not set policy or review local
June 15: (Daily Journal of Commerce) Property owner calls aerial tram
The proposed Local Improvement District that would help pay for
construction of the aerial tram that will connect Marquam Hill with the
South Waterfront in Portland has one predominant property owner crying
foul. Jay Zidell - who owns 30 acres on the northern end of the South
Waterfront, most of which is used for his company's barge-building
business - said the proposed LID assessment for his property is unfair.
"We think it's simply not an equitable allocation of cost," he
June 15: (Portland Tribune) Former speedway spurs big land race
They're racing again at Portland Speedway. Actually, there's racing
going on for Portland Speedway - at least for the land the racetrack
used to sit upon. The nearly 20-acre site of industrial land located
just east of Portland Meadows on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard is a hot property, according to Jack McConnell, a senior vice
president of Norris, Beggs and Simpson. The commercial real estate firm
is charged with marketing the land to potential buyers...
June 15: (Eugene Register-Guard) Big-box store issue back to council
Thanks for thinking of us, but we don't have the time or money to study
the thorny issue of the effects of big-box stores on the local economy,
a citizens committee told the City Council on Monday...
June 14: (Medford Mail-Tribune) Citizens let planning fall to county
Citizen involvement in Jackson County's planning process has fallen
to the wayside in recent years, but a focus group hopes to breathe new
life into the process. "We always need to be improving our citizen
involvement," said County Planner Raul Woerner. "We have to get
something that will continue to survive."
June 13: (Michigan Land Use Institute) In Leelanau, frustration about
Deep in the apparent tangle of laws and rules that most people imagine
when they hear the word "zoning" is a basic idea. Zoning helps
citizens and local leaders design better places by giving them the
authority to decide what can be built and where...
Department of Land Conservation and Development
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Salem, OR 97301-2540
Phone: (503) 373-0050 x268
Fax: (503) 378-6033
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