Union has maintained its rural charm and friendly atmosphere. With a population of just over 2100 this town has clean air and fabulous water and is a highly desirable place to live, play, retire and visit. Open space, appealing Victorian style homes, buildings and tree-lined streets preserves its historic authenticity.
Union has many great amenities including Buffalo Peak Golf Course, Eastern Oregon Live Stockshow, Union County Museum, Union Historic Cemetery, Union Historic Hotel, Historic Carnegie Library, too many to list.
Union offers a unique character and quality of life. Strategically placed between La Grande
and North Powder on Highway 203 and 237, Union has much to offer. With the Federal
Highway (Interstate 84) 11 miles northwest of Union, access to and from the community is
efficient and diverse. Union has infrastructure to allow growth without disturbing the beauty
of the landscape.
In 1862, Conrad Miller planted apple and pear trees and began one of the first nurseries in the Grande Ronde Valley. Other settlers soon followed and a town was established in 1878. Victorian homes and charming brick buildings lined Main Street through what is now known as the town’s National Historic District. Traditionally a lumber and agriculture town, Union has broadened its interests to include serving visitors. A few more of Union’s amenities are; a health clinic, gift shops, pharmacy, Post Office, City Park with gazebo, proximity to camping, hiking and hunting, Historic Hotel, Catherine Creek, community/school athletic facility with several fields geared to tournament size activities, and an amazing school district.
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contact City Hall.
Antelope Ridge Wind Power Project LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Horizon Wind Energy LLC, is proposing to construct and operate the Antelope Ridge Wind Power project (Project). The Project would involve erecting up to 164 wind turbines, varying in height from 328-475 feet each, on 11,000 acres of land in Union County in the vicinity of the City of Union (City), with the potential to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity. The city had investigated the potential for the Project to impact the City’s costs of providing public services, and its property tax revenue. In general, we found that other communities near similar wind projects have so far experienced minimal impacts related to the projects. Still, the Project-related burden on the City’s voluntary and understaffed fire and emergency resources could be noticeable relative to its existing needs and responsibilities. Also, while data from other communities do not show that nearby wind projects have so far resulted in substantial reductions in property values, other evidence suggest that there is potential for the City’s property tax revenues to decrease due to the Project. This is formaiton is summarize in a report by ECONORTHWEST, click here.
For ARWF most resent update, click here.
Letter from Antelope Wind Farm September 2013, click here.
Since 1973, Oregon has maintained a statewide program for land use planning. The foundation of that program is 19 planning goals. The goals are the state’s policies on land use and related topics, such as citizen involvement, housing, and natural resources. Most of the goals are accompanied by “guidelines,” which are suggestions about how a goal may be applied
Each community in Oregon must have comprehensive plan which is consistent with the statewide planning goals. These plans are reviewed by the state’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). Goals are reviewed on average every 20 years. For that reason the city of Union started updating goal 9 and 10 in 2009 and will soon be holding another public hearing to hear your comments before considering adopting the new goals.
For more information please contact Union City Hall 541-562-5197.
STUDENTS HELP WITH LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Youth Workshops were held at Union Elementary and High Schools on November 7, 2013. Both high school and 5th grade students participated. The purpose of these workshops were to obtain feedback on existing roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian conditions from elementary and high school aged students. These workshops provided younger residents of Union with an opportunity to discuss the different transportation issues they experience and suggest ways to improve them in the future. Innovative ideas were gathered from the youth and will be written into a draft transportation plan. An open house will be held in January to present the draft Transportation System Plan which will contain recommendations for additions and improvements to Union’s system. At this time recommendations from the public will be encouraged. Meeting date and time will be posted soon.
The new report entitled, Evaluation of Public Service Provisions Costs Impacts ofAntelope Ridge Wind Power Project on the City of Union, defines several public service concerns. The report demonstrates a likelihood of impact to the City of Union as a result of the proposed wind farm project. Report prepared by “ECONorthwest” was responsible to insure citizens of Union that any and all concerns would be address in the report regarding public service impacts. It is the cityâ€™s position to protect Union citizens and...read more
Union was platted on November 11, 1864 along the Oregon Trail. The name references the Union states, or Northern States, of the American Civil War. La Grande was named the county seat when Union County was created in 1865. Due to the Thomas and Ruckle Road going through Union, it elected the county seat in 1872, but when the railroad was built it was put through La Grande instead of Union. La Grande became the bigger town within the county and regained the county seat in 1902. J. W. Shelton, a local attorney,...read more