Arnold Cogan Speaks to Planners at Annual OAPA Conference
Arnold Cogan, FAICP, COC founding principal, was honored to give a Keynote Session address at the OAPA conference, Thursday, May 30. He touched on the history of land use planning and spoke to land use planners about the challenge for Oregon’s next 40 years. He recounted Governor Tom McCall’s support of strong land use planning, warning of a “scatteration of unimaginative, dislocated urban development introducing little cancerous cells of unmentionable ugliness into our rural landscape whose cumulative effect threaten to turn this state of scenic excitement into a land of aesthetic boredom.” Senate Bill 100 eventually passed in 1973, requiring every city and county in Oregon to adopt comprehensive land use plans and zoning.
Arnold was integral to Oregon’s landmark land use law, as the first planning coordinator under Governor Tom McCall, first director of the State Department of Land Conservation and Development, and first planning director for the Port of Portland.
One challenge Arnold called for is for planners to create and translate a statewide vision into a coordinated infrastructure and growth management strategy that supports public health and comprehensive land use planning of cities, counties and regions throughout the state. Watch his keynote speech here.
40th Anniversary Display
We celebrate the 40th anniversary of Senate Bill 100 – the birth of land use planning in Oregon – this year. For that milestone we were retained by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to design a logo and display for the Oregon American Planning Association conference May 29-30.
COC graphic designer, Nancy Marshall, created a 40th Anniversary logo and three-panel display depicting highlights of land use program accomplishments, the leaders, Governor Tom McCall and State Senator Hector Macpherson, behind the push for protecting and planning Oregon, and the strength of citizen participation in planning in the 1970s.
The display will travel to various conferences and events around the state this summer.
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Arnold is at it once again! He spent the early parts of his career advocating and building support for the Oregon land use laws and he’s back out there building support for a plan to chart the future of Oregon.
Arnold presented a paper that he and Nohad A. Toulan co-authored, The Next Forty Years: A New Approach to Planning for the Future of Oregon, at the Seventh Annual Conference of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights. An audience of planners, academics and attorneys from around the globe attended the conference, held at Portland State University.
During his talk he covered a brief history of how Oregon got to where it is, in terms of regional planning, and in looking forward suggested that “where and how we grow is probably more important than how much we grow.”
Historically and today most Oregonians live in the Willamette Valley (82 percent) and unless something changes, this trend will continue. Not including potential climate refugees, the population of Oregon is expected to double in less than 50 years and 10 million people will live in the state by 2100.
Continuing with current policies and actions, we will not be prepared to deal with the negative consequences that accompany that growth: pressure to expand urban areas onto farm, forest and natural resources areas and large infrastructure costs.
In order to accommodate this additional growth, Arnold concluded with proposals that he and Nohad wrote in their paper:
- The creation of a new State Planning Office (SPO) and The Commission for the 22nd Century (Commission).
- A State Planning Director housed in the Governor’s Office, appointed to work with the Commission and supervise the SPO.
- Within two years, these groups be required to create a state strategic vision for the next 40 years and beyond.
- The SPD and Commission would work with affected state agencies, regional entities and local governments to achieve concurrence with the visions identified above.
In making these recommendations, Arnold shows a commitment to the future and ensuring that Oregon stays livable while ensuring continued economic prosperity and a healthful natural environment. As Arnold pointed out during the discussion after his talk, “for any planning initiative to move forward, it must have the support of the people.”
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, regional planning
Bob Wise, Associate Principal of Cogan Owens Cogan, LLC spoke at the October 12 Coalition for a Livable Future on the released Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. SARE funded a comprehensive regional food systems study (http://smallfarms.oregonstate.edu/pdx-foodshed) and report for the Portland region and other related work on the relationship of food to health.
The Sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed report examines the regional food system through the lens of Civic Ecology – an integrated web of energy, resources, goods, services, capital, and information resource flows – and sustainability principles. The report identifies challenges and opportunities created by global and national agriculture trends and environmental conditions. It also recommends strategies to strengthen the local food economy.
Bob addressed the relationships of food equity and access to the overall regional food economy and suggested specific steps that could be taken by the agricultural industry, planners, policy makers and citizens to create conditions where local healthy food can be substituted for imported unhealthy food.
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The Global Warming Commission is seeking public comment on recommendations it adopted last fall as an Interim Roadmap to 2020. Help shape the state’s response to climate change!
Join us Thursday at a Portland-Multnomah County hosted event that will be led by Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams. Join other participants to discuss and critique parts of the Roadmap of particular interest to you in a collaborative process.
June 9, 6 – 7:30 pm, Multnomah County Building, County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Blvd, Portland, Oregon, 97214.
The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member commission created in 2007 by the Oregon legislature. It is charged with helping coordinate state and local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and making sure the state meets its climate goals. In 2007, Oregon adopted greenhouse gas reduction goals which include cutting greenhouse gases 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020; and achieving a 75 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
“We hope Oregonians will seize this opportunity to help shape the State’s strategies for reducing greenhouse gases,” said Angus Duncan, Chair of the Commission. “The interim recommendations touch nearly every aspect of our lives in this state, from the cars we drive and homes we live in to how we manage our farms and forests. Oregonians can speak to these ideas in the evening workshops or by responding to the online survey.”
The Commission is asking Oregonians to take an online survey to provide feedback on the Roadmap to 2020 and on the state’s work to shrink the state’s greenhouse gas footprint. The survey can be taken at:
Feedback from the survey will be used to inform the Commission’s future work, and will be provided to elected officials and policymakers working on a response to climate change.
For more information on the Oregon Global Warming Commission and the Roadmap to 2020, please visit www.keeporegoncool.org.
Hope to see you there!
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