Land Use Monitoring & Advocacy

Land Use Monitoring & Advocacy

Oregon’s passage of SB 100 in 1973 established a statewide land use planning system. Read about the 19 goals of the system:

  • Goal 1: Citizen Involvement
  • Goal 2: Land Use Planning
  • Goal 3: Agricultural Lands
  • Goal 4: Forest Lands
  • Goal 5: Open Spaces, Scenic and Historic Areas, and Natural Resources
  • Goal 6: Air, Water, and Land Resources Quality
  • Goal 7: Areas Subject to Natural Disasters and Hazards
  • Goal 8: Recreation Needs
  • Goal 9: Economic Development
  • Goal 10: Housing
  • Goal 11: Public Facilities and Services
  • Goal 12: Transportation
  • Goal 13: Energy
  • Goal 14: Urbanization
  • Goal 15: Willamette Greenway
  • Goal 16: Estuarine Resources
  • Goal 17: Coastal Shorelands
  • Goal 18: Beaches and Dunes
  • Goal 19: Ocean Resources

Rogue Advocates maintains a comprehensive land use tracking program in Jackson and Josephine counties. We monitor land use proposals at the city and county level in our area of concern, and when any proposal raises concerns pertinent to our organization’s public interest mission, we take the appropriate level of action to address these concerns.

Land use proposal notices, which are published on a weekly basis, are available at the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) website.

The mission of Rogue Advocates is to advocate for a more livable and sustainable Rogue Valley through responsible land use. To that end, our land use tracking focuses on land use proposals that raise livability and sustainability concerns. Specifically we monitor proposals that have a strong likelihood to:

  • Decrease farmland, forestland or open space
  • Increase vehicle miles traveled/congestion/carbon emissions
  • Decrease opportunities for alternative transportation (i.e. biking, walking, public transit)
  • Negatively impact water quality or water quantity
  • Harm habitat for critical species

Oregon has a strong land use system with a range of sustainability goals and laws that protect our valuable resources and all that we love about our state. The statewide land use system also requires that cities and counties comply with these laws. Rogue Advocates also monitors local land use proposals for compliance with these state laws that protect resource lands (i.e. farmland and forest lands), open space, clean air and water and call for affordable housing, a range of transportation options and citizen involvement.

Our 2021 Strategic Priorities related to protecting farm and forestlands from urbanization and rural sprawl include:

  • Track land use development applications
  • Monitor development proposals for their cumulative impacts on wildlife habitat connectivity
  • Track new annexations per sustainability screens