People and the Land: An Oral History of Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning Program

Panel Discussion: 1000 Friends of Oregon v. LCDC Curry County



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Robert Liberty, Jon Jinings, Chuck Nordstrom, and Jerry Herbage engage in a panel discussion on the 1985-86 land use case 1000 Friends of Oregon v. LCDC (Curry County).


Robert Liberty served as staff attorney for 1000 Friends of Oregon. Chuck Nordstrom served as planning director of Curry County, Oregon, from 1982-2002. Jon Jinings is Community Service Specialist with LCDC. Jerry Herbage served as Deputy District Attorney for Curry County.


The case 1000 Friends of Oregon v. LCDC (Curry County) raised the question of whether cities, counties, and the LCDC must recognize in planning decisions that land which cannot be used for commercial farming or forestry may have other uses outside of intense urban development. It determined what Oregon's land use planning law requires a county to do before allowing urban uses of lands located outside urban grown boundaries.

In this presentation, Robert Liberty introduces the geographical features of and land uses in Curry County, Oregon, and the issues of the case before the conversation begins.

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