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Push by Malheur County to open low-grade ag land for development back on the legislative docket

State Sen. Lynn Findley of Vale is sponsoring a land use bill to open up non-productive farm ground into the county to development.

ONTARIO – A proposal to allow more housing in rural areas has new life at the Oregon Legislature.

Senate Bill 16, sponsored by state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, is designed to open inferior agriculture land to homes in the border region between Oregon and Idaho, including Malheur County. A similar proposal didn’t make it through the 2019 Legislature.

The bill is a key piece of the legislative strategy of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, a seven-member committee of local people. The idea was the subject of a Feb. 9 hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment, which Findley vice chairs.

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