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Oregon Land Use

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

This course studies the practice of land use law in Oregon. There are two segments to the course. First, we look at history of, and current events and trends in urban and rural planning at the state, regional, and local levels. Second, we look at the administrative law of handling land use matters before local governments and preparing, briefing, and arguing appeals of land use decisions before the Land Use Board of Appeals and the Court of Appeals.

There are no prerequisites, however, course work in administrative law, environmental law, land use, or municipal governments is recommended.

Students are expected to participate in all class discussions and complete two writing assignments. The combination of these writing assignments may fulfill the WIE writing requirement depending on the quality of the writing products and with the permission of the professor. Each student will also make a brief presentation on land use topic of choice, linking that topic with Oregon planning to illustrate the varied practice of planning throughout the state.

Readings include case law, articles, state statutes and regulations, local comprehensive plans and ordinances, and an urban planning theory book against which we can compare “best practices” throughout the country and internationally with Oregon practice.

Students will be expected to find the reading materials (except for the book), all of which are available on the internet. This is a highly interactive course. Grading will be based on the writing assignments and participation in class discussion.

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

This seminar teaches the practice of land use law in Oregon. There are two segments to the seminar. First, we look at history of, and current events and trends in urban and rural planning at the state, regional, and local levels. Second, we look at the administrative law of handling land use matters before local governments and preparing, briefing, and arguing appeals of land use decisions before the Land Use Board of Appeals.  There are no prerequisites, however, course work in administrative law, environmental law, land use, or municipal governments is recommended.

Students are expected to participate in all class discussions and complete two writing assignments. The combination of these writing assignments may fulfill the WIE writing requirement depending on the quality of the writing products. Each student will also make a brief presentation on an Oregon comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance to illustrate the varied practice of planning throughout the state.

Readings include case law, articles, state statutes and regulations, local comprehensive plans and ordinances, and an urban planning theory book against which we can compare “best practices” throughout the country and internationally with Oregon practice.

Students will be expected to find the reading materials, all of which are available on the internet. Grading will be based on the writing assignments and participation in class discussion.