Urban Lands Advocacy

We have informed discussions that enhance the livability of communities throughout Oregon.

Our Urban Lands Advocacy Program sees us working hand-in-hand with community members, planners, decision-makers and partner organizations in cities and towns statewide outside the Portland Metro. We assist communities in dealing with unaffordable housing, housing instability, and transportation challenges through advocating for greater abundance and diversity of housing and transportation options. We also help communities understand the impact of their policies on their bottom line and work to ensure growth in sustainable development patterns.

Our work ensures that cities conserve Oregon's natural resources and create inclusive communities through:

  • Conserving resource land through involvement in the urban growth boundary process.
  • Enhancing community livability through input to city comprehensive plan and zoning policies
  • Long-term projects:
    • Implement SB 1051 to allow accessory dwelling units in all Oregon cities with populations over 2,500.
    • Advocate for stronger missing middle housing policy statewide. 
    • Urban reserves planning and growth monitoring.

Our work on urban issues is vital for Oregon as it touches on our collective responsibility to decide how we live together, protect natural resources, welcome our neighbors and address historical inequities.

Working with communities, we can reduce our ecological footprint, live active lives in healthy and walkable neighborhoods, support a strong agricultural economy, and build local food systems.

For more information, contact Alexis Biddle at alexis@friends.org or (503) 497-1000 x 8