2015 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

HB 4079

OCN Major Threat
UGB Expansion Pilot Projects

HB 4079 allows two “pilot project” cities, one large and one small, to expand their urban growth boundaries (UGB) by 50 acres each for residential use without showing that they need more land. In exchange, an unspecified portion of the 50 acres would be available for affordable housing – the definition of “affordable,” the percentage that would be “affordable,” and other terms are still to be determined. The bill failed to account for the increased cost of developing housing at the edge of UGBs, as well as the increased costs and emissions that stem from moving working families to the edges of their communities.

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No is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Passed the Senate 16-11 | Passed the House 31-25
pro-environment voteanti-environment voteabsent or excusedlegislator whose score is 90% or greater

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For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.