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Housing Update: HB 2001 passes, plus other housing bills on the move

Midway through 2023’s legislative session, we’re bringing you a short housing roundup, including a win we’re celebrating and the other housing bills we’re still supporting. The seven housing bills we are still working on in the legislature are all aimed at making it easier to build more affordable and diverse housing that’s located close to the things people need to get to, such as schools, stores, parks, and more.

Looking back at the Oregon Climate Action Plan

Meaningful climate action is necessary to defend the health and future of Oregon. In 2020, Governor Kate Brown signed executive order 20-04 establishing the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP), a bold set of actions by state agencies to address our changing climate. In this Oregon Stories, we look back at OCAP and its successes, as well as highlight the future of the land use planning system and how we can use it to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

HB 2001 gets us back on the housing track

The Oregon legislature took a momentous step toward making sure that every Oregonian has the opportunity for accessible, affordable housing choices in every community. We will need you to share your support for HB 2001 as it continues to move through the legislature.

UPDATED | Senate Bill 4: We can welcome semiconductors AND protect lands

A win-win is possible for semiconductor expansion applications and Oregon’s farms, forests, and watersheds. But the window of opportunity closes in two months—our state must act now! Since the introduction of Senate Bill 4 (SB 4)—which focuses, in part, on ways to support the expansion of the semiconductor industry’s footprint in Oregon—1000 Friends, local land use groups, and hundreds of Oregonians have urged the State’s Joint Committee on Semiconductors to act fast and strategically to meet the May 2023 application deadline.

Our 2023 Legislative Overview

The 2023 Oregon Legislative session got off to a fast start on January 17, with approximately 2000 bills filed. 1000 Friends is following about 150 that relate to land use, working to pass bills that will lead the land use planning program into the next 50 years, including on housing for all, using land use tools to address climate change, supporting local farmers, and reforming transportation spending to provide more ways for more people to get around.

We will need you to be successful! Read more about what we're tackling and how you can help!

A lawsuit and legislation to backtrack on Great Communities? Not on our watch.

For the past several years, 1000 Friends worked with partners across the state to urge the Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt a set of streamlined land use policies to encourage more housing, especially more affordable housing, and more transportation options to create more equitable communities and address climate pollution. They’re under attack. Here’s the latest...