In 2004, Oregon enacted Measure 37, a pay-or-waive property rights law that requires that a property owner be paid whenever a rule or law reduces their potential profit-making. The law had a huge implication for community planning in the state, and become the first of many that spread across the country.

Just three years after Measure 37 was passed, Oregonians enacted Measure 49, effectively repealing the worst elements of Measure 37.

Sightline documented the effects of Measure 37, and a subsequent initiative in Washington State  that failed in 2006:

October 31, 2007