Workshop Held On Land Use Planning

A workshop for citizens who want to participate effectively in land use planning and other regulatory processes is offered to the public on Thursday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m., at the Lincoln City Community Center (2150 N.E. Oar Pl.). The workshop, free and open to all, is sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

Leading the workshop will be Scott Hilgenberg, an attorney with the Crag Law Center, a non-profit that provides legal services to conservation groups.  Crag is Oregon Shores’ partner in the Coastal Law Project, which assists citizens seeking to become involved in land use decisions and other public processes affecting their communities.  Through the Coastal Law Project, Crag has worked with Oregon Shores for many years handling issues as diverse as gravel mining, shoreline armoring, and LNG (liquefied natural gas) development proposals.

Hilgenberg recently joined Crag as a land use legal fellow after serving as staff attorney for Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals. He will provide a primer on how the land use planning system works and how citizens can get engaged, with special emphasis on the aspects of land use law that apply specifically to the coast, including those land use regulations governing beaches, dunes, estuaries, and coastal shorelands.  There will be ample time for questions on topics of interest to audience members.

For more information contact Scott Hilgenberg, (503) 234-0788,; or Phillip Johnson, Oregon Shores’ executive director, at (503) 754-9303,