An Oral History of the Visions and Intentions Behind Oregon's Land Conservation and Development Act:Senate Bill 100
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On May 29,1998, Oregon's Land Conservalion and Development Act, the most hard earned and celebrated piece oflegislation ever passed in Oregon, will be twenty-five years old. Nme individuals wbo fought for Senate Bill 100's development and passage share their stories of involvement. Their collected stories are used to address four objectives: (I) to preserve the land use history ofOregon for future generations; (2) to document the comprehensive realities that surrounded and propelled the land use reform effort; (3) to capture and display the inherent values Oregonians hold for their landscape, resources. and government; and (4) to document the visions and intentions behind sa 100 and evaluate the current land use system against these. The stories of these individuals reveal the pressures that Senate Bill 100 faced in development and implementation from interest groups and local governments. They display the strengths of the land use reform effort such as bipartison support, the participation ofdiverse interest groups, educational processes, and selfless leaders. They also display the weaknesses of the current land use system which threaten its success" for example, loopholes in the land use law. the incremental chewing away at the resource land base by counties, and conservative attacks at lhe program emphasizing economic development interests over resource protection interests. Each individual makes recommendations for changes to the current land use program. These ran8e from examining the weaknesses of the program so that new policy may be developed, to making new efforts to rally public support for the program. They stress that land use reform is not just a one time event, accomplished when legislation is adopted, but that it is a long term effort to affect day-to-day land use decisions. Overall, they remind us that Oregon's land use program, although exemplary in many ways, is stilI plagued with a multitude of flaws that undermine tbe potential ofthe program.