Tag Archives: Land Use

Broader impact expected from Oregon landfill dispute

A broader question about Oregon land use law is expected to be resolved by a landfill expansion dispute before the Oregon Supreme Court. The Oregon Supreme Court is considering a dispute over a landfill that’s expected to resolve a broader question about allowable impacts on farmland from non-farm development. Source: Broader impact expected from Oregon […]
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What’s next for cannabis in Deschutes County?

Matt Toepfer has been growing marijuana, primarily for medical patients, in Deschutes County for 15 years. But when the county approved recreational marijuana production operations in rural portions of the county, Toepfer — who operates a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse about 3 miles west of La Pine — was unable to convert to recreational growing due to […]
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Outcome of latest Bundy trial will have repercussions for national lands debate

The trial of Cliven Bundy, sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne begins Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Las Vegas in the April 2014 standoff with federal rangers who were trying to impound the elder Bundy’s cattle. Much is at stake as the long-anticipated trial begins for Cliven Bundy, two of his two sons […]
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Western voices are ignored in Zinke’s Interior Department — Opinion

Westerners are sick and tired of having Washington meddling in their business. Just two years ago the Department of the Interior was joined by Republican and Democratic governors from Western states, representatives from the oil and gas industry, ranchers and sports groups, to make one of the most historic conservation announcements of the 21st century. […]
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Guest column: Oregon land-use laws need reform

If you are a regular reader of The Bulletin’s letters, guest opinions and articles, you have noticed that many of them offer lifestyle advice and self-help tips aimed at making us, in the writer’s view, better citizens. Often an impending crisis, such as global warming, CO2 emissions, river health, traffic congestion or a housing crisis, […]
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Editorial: State gets in the way of affordable housing

When there’s an affordable housing shortage, it helps to build affordable housing. But doing it can be anything but straightforward, especially in Oregon, where state policies effectively restrict construction. The city of Bend has tried just about anything to increase the supply of affordable housing. It has reduced or waived development fees to the tune […]
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Manage forests, or watch them burn — Opinion

For many Western city dwellers, wildfires just got personal. For those who had not witnessed the blast-furnace heat and the eye-stinging smoke of a wildfire along with the mass destruction of timber, homes, businesses and wildlife, last week was a learning experience. Nearly every corner of the West was on fire. Source: Manage forests, or […]
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Industrial Operations Halted In Fire-Plagued Southwest Oregon

The Oregon Department of Forestry has taken a rare fire-prevention measure on land it protects in the southwest part of the state. All industrial actions are prohibited under an order that took effect Friday. Waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis for extremely low risk operations. Source: Industrial Operations Halted In Fire-Plagued Southwest Oregon . […]
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Our view: Seaside’s urban renewal plans not an overreach

Comment period should be extended. It is a truism in the news business and a source of frustration to local officials everywhere that most of the public doesn’t take notice of comment periods and other chances to weigh-in on important government matters until it’s too late — or almost too late — for it to […]
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Guest column: County and state should support efficient irrigation

I first learned about water law in the early 1970s as a young associate attorney at Gray, Fancher, Holmes, and Hurley (now Bryant Lovlien & Jarvis) where Brad Fancher gave me a brief tutorial on water law and sent me off to attend the Arnold Irrigation District (AID) monthly board meetings. Over time, I became […]
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