Tag Archives: Land Use

Nation’s largest solar apiary a sweet collaboration in Eagle Point

A cross-country collaboration between a Rogue River beekeeper and other sustainable energy companies broke a sweet record this past week. John Jacob, owner and founder of Old Sol Apiaries, moved 48 honeybee hives onto the Eagle Point property owned by Pine Gate Renewables, where the bees will take up residence in a carefully planned neighborhood of […]
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Beehive solar project draws new opposition

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon’s Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists. A farmland conservation group is appealing a 73-acre solar project in Oregon’s Clackamas County which won land use approval because beehives will be raised on the property. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beehive solar project draws new opposition

Beehive solar project draws opposition

A farmland conservation group is appealing a 73-acre solar project in Oregon’s Clackamas County which won land use approval because beehives will be raised on the property. 1,000 Friends of Oregon, a nonprofit, is challenging the county’s conditional use permit for the project near Estacada before the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals. Source: Beehive […]
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Growing land values pose challenges 

State Library Ed. Note: Story also covers land prices in Oregon. Prices climb, especially as institutional investors join the bidding near fast-growing urban areas. Buying farm ground isn’t easy these days, as Wilder, Idaho, potato grower Doug Gross was recently reminded. Source: Growing land values pose challenges – Business – Capital Press

Deschutes County tries again to rezone farm land

Property near Tumalo could become storage site. Deschutes County leaders have made it a priority to re-evaluate state and local laws that prohibit development on land designated for farming but that can’t realistically be used for agriculture. But as the ongoing saga of one property near Tumalo illustrates, developing rural land is far from easy. […]
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State board: Deschutes County must revisit rural church decision

County plans to appeal ruling, attorney says. Deschutes County needs to rethink its decision to allow churches in a rural part of the county zoned to preserve wildlife, the state’s Land Use Board of Appeals has ruled. The county has been embroiled for about four years in a conflict between Shepherdsfield Church, a nondenominational church […]
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Ruling: Marijuana potential doesn’t prevent rezone

The potential for marijuana cultivation doesn’t render a property with poor soils suitable for agriculture, according to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals. A property’s capacity to grow marijuana doesn’t mean it’s suitable for farming and cannot be rezoned for residential purposes, according to Oregon’s land use adjudicators. Source: Capital Press

Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland Cropping Up Bountifully — And Stirring Opposition

From the Willamette Valley to the Kittitas Valley and east to Idaho, energy developers are implementing commercial solar arrays. But a surge in utility-scale solar farm applications is generating pushback. Farmland preservation advocates, who might normally be allies of green power, are trying to block solar projects on high-value cropland. Source: Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland […]
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Homes Or Gardens? Developers And Urban Farmers Grapple Over Vacant Land 

In communities where both housing and fresh food are needed, the fight over valuable vacant land is prompting policy reform — and tense collaboration — between developers and gardeners. Vacant lots dot lower-income neighborhoods across the country. In many cities, urban growers have planted in those lots, repurposing abandoned city land into gardens with farmers […]
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Decks now collapsing on Oregon beach house at center of riprap battle

Winter storms haven’t been kind to the small bluff buffering Tai Dang’s beachfront house from the ocean. The back decks of the $1 million vacation home in Rockaway Beach are collapsing. Source: Decks now collapsing on Oregon beach house at center of riprap battle | OregonLive.com