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HB 2708, introduced by Representative Zika, would authorize DLCD to approve any city’s request for a Urban Growth Boundary expansion for affordable housing, notwithstanding land use laws, including onto farm and forest land. There are several problems with this:

  • Perpetuates the false notion that just adding more land means housing will be more affordable.
  • Distracts from what cities should be doing: increasing housing opportunities inside UGBs, close to the things families need — schools, grocery stores, jobs, etc.
  • Ignores that the 50-acre UGB expansion for affordable housing was passed as a PILOT PROJECT a few sessions ago, and the two…

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House Bill 2655 has been introduced by representatives Zika, DB Smith and Owens and is scheduled for the House Committee on Housing on Thursday, February 4th at 8:00 a.m.

The summary of the bill is that it “prohibits counties from establishing minimum lot size of more than one acre for residential zoned land.”

Read Craig Anderson’s, Land Use Programs Manager, testimony submitted on behalf of Rogue Advocates at this link.

Excerpts from Craig’s testimony outline Rogue Advocates’ position on HB 2655.

  • The line between what constitutes “rural” and “urban” residential development in Oregon is well- established. It is reflected in…

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House Bill 2655 has been introduced by representatives Zika, DB Smith and Owens and is scheduled for the House Committee on Housing on Thursday, February 4th at 8:00 a.m.

The summary of the bill is that it “prohibits counties from establishing minimum lot size of more than one acre for residential zoned land.” Our partners at 1000 Friends of Oregon have noted that, “At a minimum, this would undo over three decades of rural residential rules, case law, and generally accepted sensible practice relating to the infrastructure capacity of rural areas (roads, water and sewage, etc…) and the need for…


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Rogue Advocates has filed an appeal of Jackson County’s approval of the Box R Ranch Conditional Use Permit to authorize an aggregate mine on a 42-acre parcel zoned forest resource. The site is about 1 1/2 miles south of Hwy 66 near Lincoln school in the Greensprings. Access has been granted by BLM over their road system to Hwy 66. The property is fully surrounded by Siskiyou Monument lands and pristine Keene Creek flows through the site. The Rowlett family owns the parcel and for decades have used the shale deposit for their own use without permits (allowed). …


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  • Help stop the rezone of 837 acres of farmland in Columbia County. 1000 Friends of Oregon, along with Farmer Advisory Committee member Mike Seely, are fighting the Port of Columbia County’s third attempt to rezone 837 acres of farmland adjacent to the Seely mint farm to industrial use. The focus of the rezone application is compatibility with adjacent uses. Any direct experience you can offer about how industrial zoned land has negatively affected adjacent farms (even if is not in Columbia County) strengths our case. We’re looking for examples of farm/industrial conflict throughout Oregon. If you have an example please…

The Land Conservation and Development Commission is proposing temporary rule changes to allow interim housing on lands outside of the Urban Growth Boundaries as a result of wildfire displacement.

Rogue Advocates is concerned that the proposed language in the draft rule changes in conjunction with enforcement practice in Jackson County may result in the permanent establishment of nonconforming residential land uses.

On the question of need, we note the following:

•In response to the Almeda Fire, a temporary shelter was set up at the Jackson County Expo. The use of the Expo as a shelter has been discontinued due to…

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