Land Use News Archive

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Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

Scotch Broom Stalkers Needed in May

dunes_volunteers_removing_scotch_broom_dina_pavlis.jpg As invasive plants on the Oregon coast go, Scotch Broom is second only to European beachgrass in the extent to which it has occupied and reshaped shoreline, bluff, and dune habitats. The Western Invasives Network has declared a Great Scotch Broom Census, to take place...Read more
Jordan Cove (foreground) and North Spit.\Photo by Rena Olson.

Jordan Cove Gets FERC’s Rubber-Stamp

jordan_cove_and_north_spit_rena_olson.jpg As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted its conditional approval to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay’s North Spit on Thursday, March 19. The approval also includes the associated Pacific Connector pipeline, which would carry the gas across the...Read more

State Denies Jordan Cove’s ‘Consistency’

jordan_cove_rena_olson.jpg The long battle over the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility entered a new phase recently, with the state’s denial of the project as being inconsistent with Oregon’s coastal management policies. A scheduled decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on federal authorization of...Read more

Jordan Cove Battles Underway

jordan_cove_aerial_rena_olson.jpg The long, long struggle to prevent development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit may be moving into its final year. But Oregon Shores, along with numerous allies in the no-LNG coalition, has been battling LNG schemes aimed at the Coos Bay estuary for more than a decade, so...Read more
Helicopter spraying of pesticides.\Photo courtesy of Oregon Wild.

Online Resource Can Help to Trace Spray Impacts

spray_helicopter_oregon_wild.jpg We are at least 50 years into the battle against the aerial spraying of toxic herbicides that damage ecosystems and threaten human health and water supplies. Long-time Oregonians will remember the struggle in the Coast Range against the use of sprays containing dioxin (2,4,5-T). Herbicide opponents succeeded on...Read more
Motel currently located at Coquille Point.\Photo by Vickie Crowley.

Bandon Considers Coquille Point Hotel Proposal

coquille_point_motel_vickie_crowley.jpeg Just about three decades ago, Oregon Shores was actively engaged in a land use battle over plans for Coquille Point in Bandon, supporting a host of dedicated local residents. Many in city government were pushing for development, but citizen advocacy prevailed. Almost all of the potentially...Read more
 Spring Street development site.\Photo by Elaine Karnes.

Geologic Permit Hearing Raises Coastal Hazard Issues

spring_street_development_elaine_karnes.jpg The Newport Planning Commission is now deliberating on a question of great interest to Oregon Shores and anyone concerned about good land use planning. The commission is considering an appeal by local citizens, with Oregon Shores in support, of a geologic permit for a proposed development on...Read more
Port Orford Quest. Photo by Cait Goodwin.

Questing for Natural Treasures

img_3479.jpg Quests are fun, free-choice learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural and historical "treasures" of place and community. Suitable for groups of all ages, self-guided Quests allow lifelong learners to explore parks, trails and other outdoor spaces in new ways and at their own pace. Quests...Read more
 The threatened structure is in center of photo, just south of the creek.\Photo courtesy of DLCD.

Rockaway Riprap Case Bounces Back from Court

rockaway_house_aerial_view_dlcd.jpg The hearing that will be held in Rockaway on Wednesday, Sept. 5, on property owner Tai Dang’s effort to riprap his threatened house, is the latest round in a long battle that has taken place over several years. The joint hearing by the city council and planning commission takes place at 6 p.m. in the council...Read more

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Officially Opens

sitka_sedge_dike_road_dale_harmer.jpg One of Oregon Shores’ greatest triumphs was the preservation of the Sand Lake Spit. In the early part of this century, the area, then known as the Beltz Farm, was under threat of resort development. Working with local supporters in adjacent Tierra del Mar, Oregon Shores successfully thwarted the scheme,...Read more