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Date: November 30, 2009
GSB Press Release

Portland, ORE., November 30, 2009 – Garvey Schubert Barer is proud to announce that one of the most comprehensive reviews of farmland protection in Oregon is now published. The article was written by Edward J. Sullivan, head of the land use practice at Garvey Schubert Barer, and Ronald A. Eber, known most recently for serving as an agricultural lands policy specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development from 1976 to 2008. Entitled “The Long and Winding Road: Farmland Protection in Oregon 1961-2009,” the law review article has been published by the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2008-2009. View the article.

The article is dedicated to Hector Macpherson for his vision and commitment to the preservation of Oregon’s farmland. Mr. Macpherson is known as the “father of land use planning” in Oregon. He served as a farmer, county planning commission member, State Senator and member of the Land Conservation and Development Commission for over 40 years and has undoubtedly shaped land use planning in Oregon.

The article explores the unique protection Oregon has afforded its agricultural economy and farmland base for the past 50 years through tax incentives and development restrictions. It also shares thought-provoking insights into the difficulties faced by any community’s efforts to protect farmland as “…the protection of agricultural land and the containment of sprawl challenges America’s love affair with land.”

Edward J. Sullivan is an owner in the Portland office of Garvey Schubert Barer. With over four decades devoted to his field, Mr. Sullivan is regarded as one of the premier land use attorneys in the country. He is frequently involved in major land use controversies in the State of Oregon, acting on behalf of appellants, opponents and local governments. Mr. Sullivan has written numerous law review articles on land use and administrative law, and has been the associate editor and writer for the Oregon State Bar’s Real Estate and Land Use Law Digest since its inception in 1979.

In addition, he has served as a board member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association and chair of the Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee since 2000. He is an active member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and served as the chair of the American Bar Association Section on State and Local Government Law in 2007. Mr. Sullivan is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, and to all courts within those jurisdictions.

Ronald A. Eber served as an agricultural lands policy specialist for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development from 1976 to 2008. During that time he held many positions with the department including serving as a field representative in Eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley, Plan Review specialist, Legal Policy Coordinator, and finally as the Farm and Forest Lands specialist. Most of his experience includes participating in the debate and drafting of all major land use statutes and administrative rules affecting farm and forest lands before the Oregon Legislature and Land Conservation and Development Commission. In 1993, he helped to develop the states definition of “high-value farmland” and other major revisions to Oregon’s agricultural and forest land zoning provisions as a special assistant to Governor Roberts’ Natural Resources Policy Advisor, Anne Squier.

He was generally recognized as Oregon’s expert on agricultural land protection and exclusive farm use zoning. Mr. Eber was recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2008 for Distinguished Leadership by a Professional Planner, and received recognition for Dedicated Service to the Planning Profession and to the Oregon APA by the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2007.

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