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Clackamas County Urban Renewal District Creation Local Question (November 2011)

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A Clackamas County Urban Renewal District Creation Local Question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in Clackamas County.

Though this measure was approved, it received fewer votes that the County wide question so it will not be implemented in the county.

This measure sought to require a local vote if the County sought to create an urban renewal district in the unincorporated areas of the county. This measure was a counter measure to a petitioned measure, Clackamas County Urban Renewal District Creation Question, which would require a county wide vote for a district to be created. This measure was placed on the ballot by the County commission which sought to allow only those who would be in the proposed district to vote on its creation. The commission placed this on the ballot on the last day before the November election deadline.[1]

A Clackamas County Circuit Judge decided to change this measure's title and question text which will appear on the ballot because it was thought that the title and text were confusing for residents. The judge noted that it did not meet the statutory requirements in that it did not identify the measure with an accurate description to voters. The decision by the judge cannot be appealed.[2]

Election results

See also: 2011 ballot measure election results and Local ballot measure elections in 2011
Clackamas County Urban Renewal District Creation Local Question
Approveda Yes 51,565 63.2%

Source: Clackamas County Elections, Current Election Results


Those in favor of this measure, supported a local question rather than the counter measure which would require a county wide vote. Proponents noted that a local vote was favorable so that those smaller communities and unincorporated areas would have a better chance or getting urban renewal plans approved on a local level rather than have the entire county vote on the issue. Proponents also noted that a fair amount of jobs are created with urban renewal programs, which help the communities it aims to improve.[3]

The Oregonian had given its support behind this measure, noting that the local option was preferred to the county wide vote on potential urban renewal plans. They noted that the county is largely unincorporated, so local votes in the designated areas would have been more effective and would have allowed development where it was needed most.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure 3-388: Shall new or substantially amended urban renewal plans require the approval of those voters residing within the plan area boundaries?[5][6]

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