Oregon Citizens vs. Oregon’s Land Use Process

Oregon House Republicans

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, the House Rules Committee heard testimony from Debra Berkley, a Clackamas County resident whose dog agility business was shut down by Oregon’s land use laws.

After Debra lays out her story, Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) and Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) attempt to confront the bureaucracy and draw attention to the human and economic costs of the nation’s most restrictive land use laws.

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  • JoelinPDX

    The Democrats strike again. Like any other action the legislature may take, Democrats will never allow anything that diminishes the power of government to control people’s private lives. Was this lady’s dog business hurting anyone? Not likely and it was even broadly consistent with the farm zoning of the property. It’s just another example of government lording its control.

  • Oregon engineer

    Go Joel!!  This is another example of the STATE and a few people disrespecting private property.  The land use laws have effectively made all of Oregon a community property state with basically no private property permitted. As thei testimony proves you cannot conduct your own business with out STATE permission.  Anybody wondering why jobs are in short supply here?

  • Poorman

    State land use laws are necessary. It is the only way to stop a locally connected developer from ruining adjacent lands in the pursuit of profit. State laws are the only thing that prevented a developer from “improving his land” by destroying mine. Just because he had money and 25 acres and I had less money and 5 acres doesn’t mean his use was better. It took the State laws to stop him from destroying my land! Local control is a joke.

    • That is absolutely correct. Local control is a recipe for incompetence and disasters of all sorts.

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