There are few opportunities to let The Big Thinkers of Oregon know how you feel about Oregon's Floating In Air policies regarding land use planning.
Floating In Air, as in m/s².
I know that in lemming terms, continuing upon the path we're currently on makes a certain amount, of what I think can be referred to as "group think", sense. It's hard to let go of an idea that makes Oregon Different. And, even though well intentioned, SB 100 has had an incredible negative effect on growth and development in this state.
On September 17th, the Big Look Task Force (all their caps, seriously) will be holding a public meeting in Tillamook at the Tillamook Public Library, starting at 6:30 pm. If you can't make it, you can send your opinion on relaxing the state's restrictive rules here. Now, this link is to a Lefty website, so make sure you delete the "autowritten" letter and insert your own.
Here is the "autowritten" letter:
"Dear Big Look Task Force Members,
"Please strengthen Oregon's land use planning program.
"We must protect all of Oregon's valuable farms, forests, and natural resources. You have an opportunity to address global warming pollution from cars and trucks by promoting efficient urban growth and giving Oregonians choices to walk, bike, and take transit.
"The proposal to give local governments greater power to develop rural lands without following existing statewide protections is very concerning. Experience tells us that development outside of urban growth boundaries will result in loss of farm and forest lands, inefficient development on rural lands, conflicts with ranchers and farmers for scarce water resources, and interference with wildlife habitat.
"I urge you to address global warming in your proposals and please do not weaken our land use planning system."
The opponents of rural development--that is you and me, bub, Clatsop county is a rural county--really want to strangle us with rules and bureaucratic barriers to job creation and growth.
The Lefties are already motivated. They want to stop any and all development in the state.
If plans permit, and so far it looks good, I'll be there. You be there, too.