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Oregon's Measure 37 Declared Unconstitutional

What Will It Mean for the Future of the State's Planning Program

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Categorized Under: Environment



In October 2005, an Oregon circuit court declared Measure 37, the state’s land use “compensation initiative, unconstitutional. Measure 37 provides that a landowner is entitled to receive just compensation when a land use regulation is enacted after they became the owner, if the regulation restricts the use of the property and allegedly reduces its fair market value. This article describes Measure 37, the impacts of the decision, as well as the potential future growth of Oregon.

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  • Ron Bass

    Senior FellowICF International

    Ronald Bass has participated in environmental and planning studies under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state planning laws. He is coauthor of The CEQA DESKBOOK: A Step-by-Step Approach to the California Environmental Quality Act and The NEPA Book: A Step-By-Step Guide on How to Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act.

    A member of the editorial board of California Environmental Law Reporter, he writes articles about legislation, regulations, and court decisions. Mr. Bass has served as president of the Association of Environmental Professionals and the American Planning Association, California chapter, from which he received the Distinguished Leadership Award.

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Published: Nov 1, 2005
Source: ICF International

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