The Astoria City Council is considering implementing system development charges to help modernize the city’s infrastructure. The city is considering hiring a consultant to make recommendations on how much the city should charge developers.
In the 1970s, Oregonians looked to California and didn't want the same fate for their state A new crop of young legislators in Salem saw an opportunity to advance an ambitious agenda. It took nearly a decade to put in place a system that has some of the strongest protections in the U.S. for farms, forests and other open spaces.
Fifty years ago, Oregonians feared their farmlands and other open spaces would be overrun with urban sprawl. This eventually led to the state's unique land-use system. This is part one in a six-part series describing how this happened and explaining why it affects so many things you might not have thought about.
The bureau raises nearly all its own revenue — 98% of its funding comes through construction permit fees. But in the midst of a pandemic, demand for big commercial projects like office buildings or hotels, which are capable of generating sizable permit fees, has plummeted.
De La Salle North Catholic has proven successful at getting students of color ready for college, over a decade at the Kenton Elementary building. Portland Public Schools is not extending its lease past 2021.