Letter: Thanks for Land Use Planning

Letter to the Editor: The Bulletin, August 16, 2016

Your July 27 editorial reminds me to “look to Salem” with thanks for our Oregon land use planning system. Perhaps one reason people continue to move to Oregon is because our state is still beautiful, with dedicated farmland and many public recreation areas. We are not like other states that have allowed willy-nilly housing developments.

As for Bend, maybe we do need a bit more density to minimize water use, maximize alternative transportation and walkability and clean up our air quality. We need to remember we are in a desert and try to lessen our footprints in the wild areas.

Yes, thank you, Oregon land use planning!

Elsa Douglass