Activities in shoreline environments can trigger overlapping and sometimes inconsistent local, state and federal regulations. These layers of regulation, and necessary environmental constraints to protect life and property, can impact developments ranging from small residential proposals to large public infrastructure projects and farmland. The competing interests and needs of those living and working in the coastal area, and those affected by the use and restoration of the coastal region, have frequently led to conflicts among coastal user groups.
This program will present a wide-ranging variety of legal issues encountered by coastal users, regulators, and special interest groups. It will offer a detailed overview of the permitting process and ways to resolve problems with competing uses of coastal shorelands and waters, foredunes and other sand dune environments, estuaries and their surrounding lands, properties with high geological or flood hazards, diked farmlands, as well as development issues such as workforce/affordable housing, and the special challenges of unincorporated communities.
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Cameron La Follette, Program Co-Chair, is Executive Director of Oregon Coast Alliance, a coastal conservation organization whose mission is to protect coastal natural resources and aid coastal residents in maintaining community livability.
Timothy V. Ramis, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Jordan Ramis PC. He has focused his practice on land development for over 40 years. His experience includes land use and transportation planning, local government applications, and wetland permitting.
Sarah Absher, CFM, serves as the Department of Community Development Director for Tillamook County. The Department reviews land use applications, site plans, conditional use permits, variances, zone changes and plan amendments.
Jonathan C. Allan, PhD, is a Coastal Geomorphologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Geological Survey & Services Program. He researches the role of beach process dynamics in lake and oceanic environments.
Alexis Biddle is the Urban Lands Advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon. He works with residents, city planners, and local decision-makers on housing, transportation and infrastructure, in towns and cities outside of the Portland Metro region.
Jason R. Busch is Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), a non-profit that promotes the responsible development of marine renewables, including floating offshore wind, wave, tidal, and ocean current technologies.
Mary Anne Cooper is the Vice President of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She works on water quality & supply, removal-fill, ESA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, floodplain regulation, land use, land acquisition, and other natural resources issues.
Matthew B. DeVore serves as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, Natural Resources Section, which provides the legal services Oregon’s environmental and natural resource agencies need to help carry out their missions and responsibilities.
David F. Doughman is a partner with Beery Elsner & Hammond LLP. Over his 19-year career, his practice has focused on land use and development review, code enforcement, public procurement and construction contracting.
Richard W. Fitzgerald serves as Portland Harbor Superfund Specialist for the Oregon Department of State Lands. He is responsible for all proprietary authorizations for uses of state-owned submerged and submersible lands in the Willamette River between the Sellwood Bridge and the Columbia River.
Hilary Foote is a Farm & Forest Specialist for the Community Services Division of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. The Community Services Division offers grants to empower local and tribal governments to improve planning.
Renee M. France is Of Counsel in the Land Use Practice Group of Radler White Parks & Alexander LLP. She has experience in land use, natural resources, and environmental law, both in private practice and most recently as a Senior AAG with the Oregon DOJ.
Gregory S. Hathaway is a partner at Hathaway Larson LLP. He counsels clients involved in residential, commercial, industrial and recreational projects to secure land use and environmental entitlements for property development.
Gail Henrikson, AICP, CFM, is the Clatsop County Community Development Director, Land Use Planning Division. They review development, conditional uses, zoning map amendments, and review of permits in geologic hazard and flood hazard zones.
Onno Husing serves as the Director of the Lincoln County Planning & Development Department and holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning. He previously served as the Director of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association.
Tyler J. Krug works as a Regulatory Project Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, which protects the Nation’s aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair and balanced decisions.
Peter D. Mohr is an Attorney at Law who focuses on environmental and natural resources law. His practice places a strong emphasis on western water law. He also represents clients in a variety of federal and state permitting compliance matters.
Lisa M. Phipps is the North Coast Regional Rep. for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Coastal Management Program. She provides support to 4 Counties and 22 cities as they implement the 19 Statewide Planning Goals.
Meg Reed is the Coastal Shores Specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Coastal Management Program. She provides technical assistance and policy guidance to cities, counties, and state agencies.
Patty Snow is Manager of the Ocean and Coastal Services Division with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. She spent over 21 years working with land use and waterway issues for the OR Department of Fish and Wildlife.