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Cogan Owens Cogan Associate Planner Ellen Wyoming facilitated an incredibly successful event October 10 in Oregon City for the Willamette Falls Legacy Project. We were impressed by the enthusiasm expressed by participants at the community meeting and more than 130 participants shared part of their evening with area leadership and staff to discuss the redevelopment concepts emerging for the former Blue Heron site.
The event opened with a presentation of scenarios the project team is developing. These focused on the four interrelated core values for the site’s redevelopment: Historical and Cultural Interpretation, Public Access, Healthy Habitat, and Economic Redevelopment. Terrific images illustrated possibilities for property redevelopment, restoration and open space at this legacy site. Following the presentation, participants discussed what inspired them most, and reflected key insights to the full gathering.
Many participants expressed enthusiasm for a mix of light industrial and commercial activity. People were also inspired with concepts for greenways and public open space. Others loved the idea of having water flow visibly through the site again as it used to in the past. Integrating new connections like a waterfront trail for bicycles and pedestrians was of keen interest to people as was recognizing the generations of mill workers and their families who have a history tied to the site. Most of all, participants were enthusiastic about new ways to see and experience Willamette Falls, to get up close and personal to see a national asset that the public have not been able to experience in over a century.
Staff also received rich feedback that evening through written comment forms and in conversation recorded at the table discussions. This information is going to help the project team evolve the concepts further so that by December, we will have a final set of recommendations for the Master Framework Plan for community review and comment.
If you are interested, stay tuned as we a new survey will launch next week and is open to all Oregonians. We want to ensure that the voice of Oregonians is clear in what ultimately comes to fruition for the Master Framework Plan and rezoning next spring. You’ll find the survey starting October 23, 2013 at www.rediscoverthefalls.com. Please share this story with friends and be among our more than 1,000 community members connected to the Willamette Falls Legacy Project via Facebook!
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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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