Planning Oregon Highlights Arnold Cogan’s Storied Career Path

As a well-respected leader in the state’s comprehensive land use planning system, Cogan Owens Greene co-founder, Arnold Cogan, is featured in the first Planning Oregon project, “People and the Land: An Oral History of Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning Program.” He and others were interviewed as part of an effort to record oral histories of key participants in the program.

Planning Oregon was founded in 2015 by Dr. Sy Adler and Portland State University faculty to explore how Oregon’s comprehensive land use planning system is working, whether the program is equipped to address today’s most pressing issues and how the state can address the needs of the future.

According to Dr. Adler, the goal of Planning Oregon is to provide planners and community leaders with information, insight and inspiration to create local solutions and statewide innovations through timely research and shared knowledge.

In his interview, Arnold discusses his personal recollections of his varied career as Oregon’s first Planning Coordinator under Governor Tom McCall, the first Director of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the first Planning Director for the Port of Portland. Check out Arnold Cogan’s contribution and all of Planning Oregon’s “People and the Land” interviews here.

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