Measure 49 Synopsis
On November 6, 2007, Oregon voters approved Measure 49, a legislatively crafted revision of Measure 37. Adopted in 2004, Measure 37 gave certain landowners the right to make a claim for just compensation against state or local governments if land use regulations imposed, after they acquired their properties, reduced their value. Public entities facing Measure 37 claims had the option of avoiding compensation by allowing claimants to use their property free of the subsequently enacted regulation — and such “waivers” were the most common governmental response. In many cases, however, there were disputes about the date on which “ownership” was established for purposes of Measure 37 and other issues relating to the scope or transferability of the waiver. View full article (PDF).