Steve McCoy

In 1981, 1000 Friends of Oregon initiated the Cooperating Attorney Program (CAP) in an effort to encourage planning departments to make decisions that were supported by the law and the facts. At that time, the state was acknowledging the last few city and county comprehensive plans. However, planners were too frequently ignoring the purposes of the planning laws and their comprehensive plans by illegally approving developments on farm and forest lands.

As a result, 1000 Friends formed the Cooperating Attorney Program to match attorneys willing to work pro bono with parties aggrieved by illegal land use decisions. The program resulted in dozens of positive rulings that established favorable precedent and put local officials on notice that they had to follow state land use laws and their comprehensive plans.

This work continues today, even as the land use program and Oregon's challenges change. CAP continues to connect meritorious land use claims, often in rural areas, with attorneys who help find resolution under Oregon land use law.

Contact Steve McCoy

Contact Steve McCoy

Farm and Forest Staff Attorney
1000 Friends of Oregon
133 SW 2nd Ave
Suite 201
Portland, Oregon  97204
Phone: (503) 497-1000 x126
Fax: (503) 223-0073


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Oregon