Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI)

Established in 2012, LULI is training the next generation of land use leaders.

All elected officials in Oregon should be required to take a course like this. I learned more in a few weeks than I did in four years as a Medford City Council member.

-John Statler, LULI graduate

Land Use Leadership Initiative participants (also known as LULIs) connect through interactive training, site visits, and workshops. The program showcases Oregon’s innovative land use planning system, highlights the most-pressing land development issues and creates a forum for LULIs to further hone leadership skills to help create and advance solutions to issues that matter to them.

2018 marked our first year of LULI Southern Oregon, an expansion of the LULI program to empower current and emerging land use leaders across Oregon. After two consecutive LULI programs in Southern Oregon, we are expanding and running two LULI programs in 2021, in Portland Metro and the Southern Willamette Valley.


For questions about the 2021 LULI in Portland Metro, please contact Nicole Johnson, Community Engagement Manager. 

For questions about 2021 LULI in the Southern Willamette Valley, please contact Alexis Biddle, Great Communities Program Director. 

For questions about prior LULIs in Southern Oregon, please contact Greg Holmes, Southern Oregon Advocate.

2018 S.O. Luli


Over the course of about six months, LULIs participate in interactive workshops, site visits, and trainings that cover the fundamentals of land use policy, funding, and financing. Due to Covid-19, workshops and trainings will be held virtually and site visits will be completed individually instead of as a group. LULIs will also have the opportunity to develop and hone leadership skills such as advocacy, public speaking, research, and public engagement. The LULI program features:

  • An orientation where LULI participants connect in-person, learn about the creation of Oregon’s land use planning system, and establish goals for the program.

  • Interactive training sessions with community leaders, agency staff, elected officials, and data specialists.

  • Skills-building opportunities, where LULIs work with each other and with seasoned activists and decision-makers to become more effective champions of their own issues.

  • A wrap-up session where LULIs can interact with session speakers and LULI graduates to reflect on lessons from throughout the LULI program. 

  • Support for ongoing connection with past and future LULI fellows and 1000 Friends of Oregon policy staff.

  • LULIs receive support for transportation, childcare, and other program expenses.

  • Access to an online portal with session materials, speaker contact information, and interactive forum to connect with the LULI network.



More about LULI:
Past LULI Focuses
  • 2012  Statewide | Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines
  • 2013  Statewide | Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines
  • 2014  Portland Metro | Climate Smart Communities
  • 2016  Portland Metro | Southwest Corridor Project
  • 2018  Southern Oregon | Oregon's Statewide Planning Goals & Guidelines, and Local Housing Issues & Solutions
  • 2019  Portland Metro | Climate Smart Communities Revisited
  • 2020 Southern Oregon | Housing Issues & Solutions and Wildfire
  • Orientation
  • Where did the land use program come from, and how is it structured?
  • The whys and hows of urban growth boundaries
  • Housing for all
  • Transportation that works for everyone
  • Building great communities
  • Agriculture and food systems
  • Resilient forests, wildfires and other land use issues
  • Ins and outs of advocacy
What LULI graduates have to say:
John S. | LULI Southern Oregon Graduate 2018

“All elected officials in Oregon should be required to take a course like this. I learned more in a few weeks than I did in four years as a Medford City council member (and I sought out trainings during my term!).”

Stuart C. | LULI 2014-15

"LULI was important to me personally, along with my career efforts. Because of LULI, I realized more clearly that I wanted to pursue a career in planning, and I am now set to begin PSU's MURP program this fall! I also know that I have a solid network of LULI's that I can reach out to for questions or information – priceless!"

Princess F. | LULI Southern Oregon Graduate 2018

“I was given an amazing opportunity that reminded me why I advocate for affordable housing. This program gave me resources to use and go to when working on land use issues with others.”