Measure 37's First Case Still Unsettled

<p>Preparations are underway to take Oregon's land use legislation Measure 37 back to the ballot this November, but the property rights case that became the face issue still remains unsettled.</p>
August 12, 2007, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"Opponents of Measure 37 persuaded the Legislature to put a measure on the November ballot that would curb what they say are excesses allowed under the property rights measure."

"Just as the fight over Measure 37 is unsettled, so is English's fight – at least, as far as the lawyers are concerned."

"She bought land in 1953, and since has sold off two plots. English filed a Measure 37 claim in December 2004 on her remaining land to create eight parcels on which to build homes. Since her land is not within the urban growth boundary, she did not have that ability before the measure passed."

"A Measure 37 claim forces a local government to choose whether to waive regulations that affected the property value, or to reimburse landowners for the effect of those regulations on their land."

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Published on Friday, August 10, 2007 in The Portland Tribune
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