Court Rules To Open Oregon's Growth Boundaries

Will Oregon's famously tough urban-growth boundaries be breached? It appears so, as Oregon's sweeping property-right law is upheld by the state's Supreme Court.

After an expedited review, the state's Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday that a controversial 2004 property-rights ballot measure is legal. Measure 37 allows landowners seeking to develop their property to apply for waivers from tough state rules protecting open space if the state can't compensate them for lost land value -- and the state has no funds for such compensation. A lower trial court judge had ruled that Measure 37 violated both the state and federal constitutions, but the Supremes disagreed. The court's ruling allows more than 2,500 applications covering 66,000 acres of land in the state to move forward. Open-space advocates may try to put anti-37 initiatives on the ballot, but also hope a new state task force, nicknamed "The Big Look," will find other ways to bolster land protections.

Thanks to Grist Magazine

Full Story: Court upholds Measure 37


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 9 different cities.