History

Land & Livability

Since 1977

Safeguarding Farm and Forest land since 1977.

It’s no coincidence that working farms, forests and communities have thrived all these years.

Our History

Cell Tower

Opposes Poorly Sited Tower

HRVRC works with local citizens and Friends of the Columbia River Gorge in successfully opposing an ill-sited 140' monopine cell tower in a rural residential neighborhood. HRVRC encourages HR County to a adopt a Cell Tower Ordinace.

Adopt-A-Highway

Cleaning Up

HRVRC joins ODOT's Adopt-a-Highway Program. Volunteers clean up two sections along Hwy 35 and Hwy 281 twice a year.

Wind Energy Forum

HRVRC Co-hosts Wind Forum

In response to two wind turbine proposals in the Gorge and HR Valley, HRVRC partners with the Columbia Gorge Earth Center to co-host a wind energy forum. 100 people attend. Hood River County later votes not to move forward with the Middle Mountain wind project due to lack of financial feasibility and other livability issues.

Bicycle Advocacy

HRVRC initiative

HRVRC initiates bicycle advocacy initiative to promote safe and effective connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. HRVRC and Port of Hood River collaboratively fund research project looking into bicycles safely crossing the HR Bridge. HRVRC also launches first major fundraiser: The Hood River Harvest Ride - to showcase the Valley and success of wise land use planning.

Monitoring Transition

Measure 37 to 49

HRVRC closely monitors the transition from Measure 37 to 49.
As part of our new educational outreach, one hundred high school students were taken on a full-day field trip to look at Oregon’s land use system in action.
37
Measure 37
HRVRC sponsors 4 Forums
300
Forum Attendees
300 attend
100
100% of Hood River Precincts
Vote YES to fix Measure 37
65.2
% Hood River’s voters
Highest in rural Oregon
HRVRC initiates its “new direction” by sponsoring four educational forums centered around land use planning and Measure 37. Over 300 people attend these forums. HRVRC works with the “Yes on Measure 49” campaign in Hood River County where all 13 precincts vote “yes” to fix the previously passed Measure 37. Hood River’s voter turnout of 65.2% was the highest in rural Oregon even though it had the highest density of Measure 37 claims in the state.

Measure 37

HRVRC Challenges State

HRVRC hires its first Executive Director, Jonathan Graca. Also in 2006, the Committee initiates a lawsuit in conjunction with CRAG Law Center challenging the state’s implementation of Measure 37. As a lead case in the fight for a fairly implemented Measure 37, a dozen other local land use organizations file under the same suit.

Land Exchange

HRVRC Blows the Whistle

HRVRC blows the whistle on a 620-acre land exchange by the County that would allow Meadow’s to propose a destination resort. In response to this latest challenge, HRVRC initiates the Cooper Spur Wild & Free Coalition with 15 other non-profit groups to protect the Crystal Springs watershed and the north side of Mount Hood. HRVRC, Mount Hood Meadows and Hood River County enter 18 months of mediation.

Warm Springs Casino

HRVRC sponsors forum

 
HRVRC sponsors a forum on the proposed Warm Springs Casino in Hood River.

500-unit destination resort

HRVRC partners with Friends of Mt Hood

HRVRC Mount Hood Meadows unveils plans for a 500-unit destination resort complex at the ski area. HRVRC partnered with Friends of Mt. Hood and stopped this proposal.

Indian Creek Golf

Right to Farm

HRVRC supports the Von Lubken Family in their 'right to farm' appeal of the County's approval for building Indian Creek Golf Course.

Urban Renewal Project

HRVRC Testifies

HRVRC testifies to the Port Commission in support of the City Urban Renewal Project.

Report on the Port

Expansion Opportunity

HRVRC releases a mixed-use report on the Port of Hood River documenting the opportunity for the area to become an extension of downtown.

Farm Land Protection

Planning Commission votes four to three

Hood River County Planning Commission votes four to three to deny Mt. Hood Meadow’s request for a 450-unit destination resort adjacent to prime farm land after five years of work and untold citizen hours in research, testimony and a $22,000 legal bill.

Our Beginning

how it all started

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee was formed in 1977 when a few residents gathered to discuss the county’s impending attempt to rezone the upper valley into one-acre minimum lot sizes. Through grass-roots organizing and effort by local citizens, the proposal was rejected. HRVRC was formed.

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