The 1973 Oregon Legislature enacted Senate Bill 100, establishing statewide, coordinated land use planning and creating the Land Conservation and Development Commission and the Department of Land Conservation and Development. Governor McCall signed the bill into law on May 29, 1973. A concise history of the times is available in The Oregon Encyclopedia.
the Land Conservation and Development Commission hosted a series of events at its May 23, 2013 meeting honoring the 40th anniversary of this landmark legislation.
Land Use Planning Month
Governor Kitzhaber presented the State of Oregon Proclamation announcing May 2013 as “Land Use Planning Month.” The Governor presented the proclamation to the commission and commended the commissioners for their service to Oregon.
The Past, Present and Future of Land Use in Oregon
The commission heard a panel presentation on the Past, Present and Future of land use in Oregon. The panel was comprised of:
Past: Sy Adler, Portland State University. Sy has been teaching urban studies and planning at PSU since 1982. He worked as a planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning for several years before moving to Oregon. He's done many studies of planning in the Pacific Northwest over the years, including LCDC's Transportation Planning Rule, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, concept planning associated with Metro urban growth boundary expansions, and the City of Portland's snout house ban. Most recently, in 2012 Oregon State University Press published his book, Oregon Plans: The Making of an Unquiet Land-Use Revolution, which is about the early years of the statewide land-use planning program. He is currently at work on a study of planning for the original Portland metropolitan area urban growth boundary. Dr. Adler's presentation is available here. A video of his presentation is available here.
Present: Jon Horvick, Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, Inc. John has 10 years of opinion research experience and manages projects at all levels. He has been involved in key projects including the Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams; Energy Trust of Oregon; Metro, and the cities of Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Lake Oswego. He has worked in different roles on a variety of issues, including youth employment, organizational development, care giving and aging, and families raising children with behavioral disorders. John previously was a project director at both the University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research and Oregon Health and Science University. He was recently voted President Elect of the City Club of Portland. Mr. Horvick's presentation is available here. A video of his presentation is available here.
Future: Arthur C. (Chris) Nelson, University of Utah. Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he is also Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Finance, and Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program. He has written more than 20 books, 100 refereed articles, and 300 other works, including Reshaping Metropolitan America: Trends and Opportunities to 2030 (2013, Island Press) and The Regulated Landscape: Lessons on State Land Use Planning from Oregon (with Gerrit Knaap, 1992, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy). Prior to academia, Dr. Nelson managed his own West Coast consultancy in planning and management and was planning director for Columbia County, Oregon. He received his Ph.D from Portland State in 1984. Dr. Nelson's presentation is available here. A video of his presentation is available here.
Expect a robust discussion among the panel and the commission at the conclusion of the presentation.
The commission hosted a reception celebrating the anniversary in the Capitol. After short remarks from Steve Schell, the vice-chair of the original Land Conservation and Development Commission; Jim Knight, an original department employee; and Ted Kulongoski, former Oregon State Governor, the evening was devoted to connecting and reconnecting with those involved in shaping, implementing and admiring Oregon's legacy of farm and forest land preservation, coastline protection, and community livability.