Property Wrongs is Sightline’s new report on what other states can learn from Oregon’s experience with Measure 37. It tells six stories of communities that got stuck with the consequences.
Here’s the fourth of six stories…
Ask longtime farmers Bob and Crystal Vanderzanden what they think of Measure 37. Their farm sits in Washington County, just west of Portland, and it borders land that’s now slated for suburban subdivisions, a development that will inevitably bring complaints about machinery, spraying, and other routine farming practices.
The land now slated for houses is zoned agricultural, but the county can’t afford to pay the $9.5 million that their neighbor wanted to be paid for not developing. Now the Vanderzandens are fighting back with a lawsuit of their own.
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