Posts by TSBNWLaw

Tillamook County’s 2017 Housing Plan

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

Passionate About Our Community   Tillamook County’s 2017 Housing Plan by Jennifer Bragar       In March 2017, Tillamook County issued its new housing needs analysis, “Creating a Healthy Housing Market for Tillamook County.” The County recognized the necessity to take a new approach to the analysis of housing in light of its changed economy. The study utilizes graphic representations and analysis of the coastal and interior markets to focus on the need for regional solutions. Coastal markets such as Manzanita, Oceanside, and Pacific City fuel high home prices, while interior cities such as Wheeler, Tillamook, and Cloverdale provide more affordable...

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Analysis of Zoning Barriers that Limit the Construction of Manufactured Housing

Posted on Apr 7, 2017

Passionate About Our Community   Analysis of Zoning Barriers that Limit the Construction of Manufactured Housing by Jennifer Bragar       In the Portland metropolitan region, we often think of affordable housing in urban terms – increased density, homelessness, and accessory dwelling units, but considering the issue in rural areas requires a different lens on how to build low cost housing. This post reviews zoning barriers that limit the construction of manufactured housing that were identified by renowned land use law professor, Daniel Mandelker’s recent article, Zoning Barriers to Manufactured Housing, 48 Urban Lawyer 233 (2016) (available here...

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Oregon’s Land Use and Conservation Development Commission Issues Final Enforcement Order Against the City of Corvallis

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

Passionate About Our Community   Oregon’s Land Use and Conservation Development Commission Issues Final Enforcement Order Against the City of Corvallis by Jennifer Bragar       The tension around whether clear and objective standards must apply to a proposed residential development gripped the City of Corvallis and one developer in a multi-year legal battle at the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”) that left the developer in a cycle of remands about how the city would apply its standards. Fed up with the cycle, the developer took its case to the state agency, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (“LCDC”) that under a 2015 law...

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Big Win for the Confederated Tribes: Oil Trains in Oregon Face New Hurdle by Jennifer Bragar

Posted on Mar 11, 2017

Passionate About Our Community   Big Win for the Confederated Tribes: Oil Trains in Oregon Face New Hurdle by Jennifer Bragar   The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and Bands of the Yakima Nation (collectively the “Treaty Tribes”) have been opposed to an Union Pacific oil-by-rail project that called for trains from oil-producing regions to deliver the crude to ports where ships could move it to refineries along the West Coast. Notwithstanding the oil train derailment in the City of Mosier last year, the Union Pacific Railroad (“Union Pacific”) seeks approval for a track expansion to increase the number...

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Recent Developments in Comprehensive Planning Law by Jennifer Bragar

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

Passionate About Our Community Recent Developments in Comprehensive Planning Law by Jennifer Bragar Ed Sullivan and I co-author the annual comprehensive plan update for the American Bar Association’s State and Local Government Law Section. The most recent update was just published by the Urban Lawyer and you can read about it here. The article undertakes an annual survey of state and federal cases dealing with the role of the comprehensive plan (sometimes called the “General” or “Master” plan) in land use regulation. That survey and this resulting article illustrate trends in the current use of three modes of perception regarding comprehensive plans by state...

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