Oregon's Vistas May Get Less Scenic

Long a model for protecting rural areas, the state faces a property-rights backlash that could ripple nationwide.
December 6, 2004, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"When voters in Oregon recently approved significant changes in the state's unique land-use law, many property owners won an important victory. Now, local officials must either compensate owners for regulations that reduce a property's value or waive those restrictions.

But approval of the controversial ballot measure here also signals what is likely to be a nationwide examination of government efforts to prevent sprawl, preserve farmland, and protect vistas. This is especially true since Measure 37, as it was called, parallels the growing effort to change the federal Endangered Species Act in order to give more slack to farmers, developers, and other private property owners."

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Published on Saturday, December 4, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor

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