"I call (regulations) 'land stealing' …"

July 2006
High Country News;7/24/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 13, p10
The article reports on the fight of Dorothy English, a 93-year-old widow living on 20 acres on a hillside overlooking Portland, Oregon, who starred in radio ads during the campaign for Oregon's Measure 37 in 2004. She has been fighting for three decades for the government to allow her to subdivide her land for a few home sites, including one for her grandson. She has owned the land since 1953, but the statewide planning system introduced in the 1970s, and the Multnomah County planners, have prevented her from subdividing her property. She filed the first claim once Measure 37 passed. However, while the county has waived the subdivision regulations, they want her to submit detailed plans on how she would deal with sloped ground, fire dangers, and road-building issues.


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