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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Sustainable Land Use Project

Evaluating land use laws, theories, and practices to ensure sustainable development in our communities

Launched in 2005 following the passage of Oregon's Measure 37, a property compensation initiative, the SLU Project addresses legal issues surrounding how we choose to develop, or not to develop, lands within our communities. Faculty leaders are Tom Lininger and Mary Wood.

SLUP Fellows

KylerDanielsonKyler Danielson is looking forward to serving as a Sustainable Land Use Fellow this year. As a third-year law student, she has focused her studies on property, land use, and local government law. Originally from the Seattle area, she spent her last two summers working in Washington for the Bellevue City Attorney’s Office and for the Land Use Section of the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Before law school, she worked as a legal assistant for Leahy McLean Fjelstad, a firm located in Kirkland, Washington that primarily represents condominium associations. Kyler graduated cum laude from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and French. While an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to serve as an intern for the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Office of Congressman Rick Larsen. She spends her free time providing tech support to friends and family, crafting, hiking, and appreciating the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  

KCMcFersonKC McFerson is in her final year at the University of Oregon School of Law and is concurrently pursuing a Master of Community and Regional Planning. KC has worked on land use law and planning issues at multiple levels of government, including local governments in Oregon, the Colorado Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and projects with Western Resource Advocates involving federal land management agencies. At the law school, KC has served several student groups and worked as and a tutor in the Legal Research and Writing Program. This is her third year on the Sustainable Land Use Project and she is excited to work on her Bowerman Fellowship project, explaining and analyzing legal mechanisms for open space preservation and executing a report for the City of Medford discussing how the city can acquire and preserve open spaces.





2L Jessica Bloomfield Quoted in Huffington Post Article on UO Sustainable Cities Initiative

The Sustainable Land Use Project has completed an extensive White Paper suggesting land use reform to allow microlivestock on urban homesteads. Property owners nationwide are turning to their own backyards to raise food for a broad variety of reasons — to live a more self-sufficient life, have healthier food choices, provide enrichment to children, create home food security, and reduce the impact on the Earth. However, many local land use codes restrict homesteading activities that could provide meat and dairy foods. The White Paper sets forth a model microlivestock ordinance and supporting law and policy analysis designed to allow microlivestock husbandry within city limits. While the paper takes a focus on Eugene, Oregon, the analysis and model it presents applies to cities nationwide.

The ENR Program has presented the White Paper to the City of Eugene and local officials as part of ongoing local policy discussion to promote food security and sustainability. Read more about the City of Eugene's discussion here. Read the White Paper here. Click here for the Model Livestock Ordinance that can be used in land use reform efforts nationwide. Comments may be submitted to enr@uoregon.edu.

27th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference: Solidarity! United Action for a Greener Good, February 26 – March 1, 2009.

Oregon Land Use Update
The West Eugene Collaborative: Multi-Party Decision Making after 20 Years of Stalemate
Destination Resorts in Oregon: Impacts, Cases, and Legislative Outlook
Cultural Conservation Easements Workshop
Restructuring Cities, Suburbia, and Society to Meet Energy and Environmental Challenges
Brownfields: Successes, Precedents, and Innovation
Green Construction and Sustainable Development
Permaculture: Designing a Greener Future

Sparking a Current of Change, Oregon Planning Institute's Statewide Planning Conference at the University of Oregon, September 10-12, 2008.

Database of Land Use Initiatives, Fall 2006


Summary Sheet

For a full summary of the events and scholarship of the SLUP, click here.

Related Links

Sustainable Cities Initiative

Municode Library

Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals

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