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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Politics and government -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- Periodicals


In November 2000, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 7, which amended the Oregon Constitution to require state and local governments to compensate property owners when regulations reduce the value of real property. Measure 7 is generally viewed as the most sweeping compensation provision for regulatory reductions in property value in the entire United States. Many commentators viewed passage of Measure 7 with shock and alarm, both because Oregon has been cited as a national model of prudent land use policies and because they believe that Measure 7 could spell the end of the current system of land use planning in Oregon.

Because of the projected impact of Measure 7 on Oregon's land use system and the corresponding impact on individual citizens both in Portland and in all of Oregon, the City Club of Portland authorized a short-term committee to study the background, impetus, likely impact, and future prospects of Measure 7.

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