Documents and RegulationsLand Use Issues
Different state agencies are responsible for providing guidance and oversight of Oregon’s land use system, as well as promoting the state’s agricultural foundation and industry. This page collects documents and regulations relevant to French Prairie.
Documents and Regulations Posts
It’s often said that French Prairie has the best soils in Oregon and likely in the United States. When combined with adequate water that makes for highly productive ag lands. The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture maps for French Prairie show how it is comprised of Class 1, 2 and 3 soils.
Prepared for the 2007 Legislative session, the Dept. of Agriculture Land Inventory map defines all the land surrounding metro Portland that is considered to be of high enough quality to be designated as Foundation Agriculture Land. For the surrounding area, these are the most productive areas for farming.
Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is a state agency that helps carry out the vision and legacy of Senate Bill 100, which for 40 years has contributed to the quality and character of the natural and built environment of the state. DLCD provides policy direction for the land use planning program and is charged with managing urban growth; protecting farm and forest lands, coastal areas, and natural resource lands.
An operating agreement developing from a vision statement crafted by Marion and Clackamas Counties along with the cities of Aurora, Canby, Donald, Hubbard, Wilsonville and Woodburn to define areas of interest concerning development given the agricultural, historical and cultural significance of French Prairie.