Oregon State to Pay Property Owners for Reduced Property Values, Measure 7 (2000)
Oregon Ballot Measure 7 was an initiated constitutional amendment to require state, local governments to pay landowners the amount of reduction in market value if law or regulation reduces the property value.
Lawsuit overturns measure
Measure 7, after the voters approved it, was challenged by the League of Oregon Cities, a lobbying association of city governments that is financed by dues from cities. The League's lawsuit succeeded, and the Oregon Supreme Court nullified Measure 7 in 2002.
A second chance
In 2004, Oregon voters approved Measure 37 which had a number of similarities to Measure 7. The differences between the two were that:
- Measure 37 did not amend the Constitution.
- Measure 37 gave government the option to waive regulations, rather than reimburse a property owner.
- Measure 37 was retroactive.
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