Measure 49 is a good balance

In 2004, Oregon voters passed Measure 37. They thought it was intended for homeowners who wanted to add one or two houses on their property, but instead, throughout the state, land speculators &

including large out-of state developers and some giant timber companies &

have become typical claimants and large subdivisions, common proposals.

Claims have been filed that potentially may develop more than 750,000 acres of Oregon land, including these in Jackson County:


162; A 162-acre forest on Old Siskiyou Hwy for a 32-lot residential development;


162; A 1,217-acre farm on N. Valley View Road for quarries and rural residential home sites;


162; A 679-acre forest on Dead Indian Memorial Road for a 105-lot subdivision.

The well-financed "Stop 49" campaign is fueling a distorted, media barrage designed to confuse voters. Measure 49 does support the "little old lady's" right to build another house on her property. In fact, under Measure 49, she will now be able to transfer her right to new owners to build on the property within ten years from the time they acquired it &

something she has not been able to do under Measure 37. Under an "express lane," she will be able to build up to three home sites. Under the "conditional path," if she lives within an urban growth boundary and wants to build up to ten houses, no state waiver will be required so long as a professional appraisal of her land shows its value when she bought it and the loss she sustained from later land-use regulations.

At a recent Measure 49 forum, a panelist pointed out that every 25 years, we need to review our land-use laws and assure we have a flexible system that can adapt to regional differences and respond as Oregon changes and grows. Without Measure 49, however, Measure 37 would do away with land-use laws altogether. Measure 49 modifies 37 to clarify property owners' right to build homes, yet limit development to protect high-value farms and forests and groundwater-scarce lands. It makes clear that local zoning ordinances that restrict land to commercial, industrial or residential use override any claims for development to the contrary. It balances the rights of private property owners with the rights of their neighbors and preserves Oregon's special quality of life for future generations. We urge you to Vote yes on Measure 49.

Judith Benjamin

Vanya Sloan


League of Women

Voters of

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