Everything's Bigger in Texas

Lunday, Elizabeth Austin
May 2005
Planning;May2005, Vol. 71 Issue 5, p10
Trade Publication
This article reports on the development rights claimed by property owners under the newly passed Measure 37 in Oregon. As of mid-March, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development had received approximately 140 claims under the measure. Claims demand that local governments either compensate property owners for land-use regulations that have lowered their property values or waive the regulation. Experts have raised several questions about the measure, including whether governments can give blanket waivers to claims rather than dealing with them one by one, and whether property owners transfer their Measure 37 waivers when they sell their property. It is also unclear whether local governments can impose heavy fees on claims, and no one is sure what entities have the authority to waive regulations.


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