Fortune headline sums up urban growth boundary folly

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Fortune notes, “A severe lack of affordable housing has prompted Oregon lawmakers to consider chipping away at a 1970s law that made the state a national leader in leveraging land use policy to prevent suburban sprawl and conserve nature and agriculture.The so-called urban growth boundary, a sacred cow of Oregon’s liberal politics, helped to cement the state’s green reputation and has been “extremely influential” in its development, said Megan Horst, an urban planning professor at Portland State University. “I can’t overstate it,” she said of the half-century-old law. “All that farmland would likely be a sea of strip malls and subdivisions, as they are pretty much anywhere else in the country.”But interconnected homelessness and housing crises have forced exceptions to be considered by lawmakers, including Democrats who have historically defended the landmark policy.”

Only three places  in America have urban growth boundaries — Oregon , Washington, and Tennessee.

China has an urban growth boundary.

As the headline notes, it has been illegal to build outside of a city and the end result —  the nation’s #3 most expensive housing * AND * a decline in farmland.

Liberals believe saying NO is easier than properly management of our land-use system.

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