Measure No. 56

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House Bill 2515--Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the 1997 Legislature to be voted on at the General Election, November 3, 1998.

BALLOT TITLE

56

EXPANDS NOTICE TO LANDOWNERS REGARDING CHANGES TO LAND USE LAWS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires governments to mail notice to landowners regarding changes to land use laws.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current notice requirements, which do not require mailed notice to landowners.
SUMMARY: Requires counties and cities to mail notices to landowners regarding changes to state, local, or metropolitan service district land use laws and regulations that limit or prohibit uses currently allowed on the landowners' property. Requires state government to reimburse counties and cities for costs of mailing notice resulting from changes to state statutes or administrative rules. Requires metropolitan service districts to reimburse counties and cities for costs of mailing notice resulting from changes in district land use regulations. Prescribes form of each notice.
ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: State government expenditures are estimated to be $2,040,000 annually in notice costs. Local government expenditures, including those of the Metropolitan Service District, are estimated to be $1,547,000 a year.
This estimate is based on 7,000 land use actions per year, of which 3,900 would require some notice under this measure. Actual expenditures may vary based on such variables as the total number of land use actions, the number of actions included in each notice and the costs per notice.

TEXT OF MEASURE

AN ACT

Relating to notice of proposed land use action by local government; creating new provisions; amending ORS 215.503; repealing ORS 215.508; and providing that this Act shall be referred to the people for their approval or rejection.

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

SECTION 1. ORS 215.503 is amended to read:

215.503. (1) As used in this section, "owner" means the owner of the title to real property or the contract purchaser of real property, of record as shown on the last available complete tax assessment roll.

(2) [Except as otherwise provided by county charter:]

[(a)] All legislative acts relating to comprehensive plans, land use planning or zoning adopted by the governing body of a county shall be by ordinance.

[(b)] (3) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section and in addition to the notice required by ORS 215.060, at least 20 days but not more than 40 days before the date of the first hearing on an ordinance that proposes to amend an existing comprehensive plan or any element thereof or to adopt a new comprehensive plan, the governing body of a county shall cause a written individual notice of land use change to be mailed to each owner whose property would have to be rezoned in order to comply with the amended or new comprehensive plan if the ordinance becomes effective.

[(c)] (4) In addition to the notice required by ORS 215.223 (1), at least 20 days but not more than 40 days before the date of the first hearing on an ordinance that proposes to rezone property, the governing body of a county shall cause a written individual notice of land use change to be mailed to the owner of each lot or parcel of property that the ordinance proposes to rezone.

[(3)] (5) An additional individual notice of land use change required by subsection [(2)(b) or (c)] (3) or (4) of this section shall be approved by the governing body of the county and shall describe in detail how the proposed ordinance would affect the use of the property. [The notice shall be mailed by first class mail to the affected owner at the address shown on the last availablecomplete tax assessment roll.] The notice shall:

(a) Contain substantially the following language in boldfaced type extending from the left-hand margin to the right-hand margin across the top of the face page of the notice:

This is to notify you that (governing body of the county) has proposed a land use regulation that will affect the permissible uses of your land.

(b)Contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

On (date of public hearing), (governing body) will hold a public hearing regarding the adoption of Ordinance Number ______. The (governing body) has determined that adoption of this ordinance will affect the permissible uses of your property and may reduce the value of your property.

Ordinance Number ______ is available for inspection at the __________ County Courthouse located at __________. A copy of Ordinance Number ______ also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information concerning Ordinance Number ______, you may call the (governing body) Planning Department at ___-______.

(6) At least 30 days prior to the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan or land use regulation by the governing body of a county pursuant to a requirement of periodic review of the comprehensive plan under ORS 197.628 to 197.636, the governing body of the county shall cause a written individual notice of the land use change to be mailed to the owner of each lot or parcel that will be rezoned as a result of the adoption or enactment. The notice shall describe in detail how the ordinance or plan amendment will affect the use of the property. The notice also shall:

(a) Contain substantially the following language in boldfaced type extending from the left-hand margin to the right-hand margin across the top of the face page of the notice:

This is to notify you that (governing body of the county) has proposed a land use that will affect the permissible uses of your land.

(b) Contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

As a result of an order of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, (governing body) has proposed Ordinance Number ______. (Governing Body) has determined that the adoption of this ordinance will affect the permissible uses of your property and may reduce the value of your property.

Ordinance Number ______ will become effective on (date).

Ordinance Number ______ is available for inspection at the __________ County Courthouse located at __________. A copy of Ordinance Number ______ also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information concerning Ordinance Number ______, you may call the (governing body) Planning Department at ___-______.

(7) Notice provided under this section may be included with the tax statement required under ORS 311.250.

(8) Notwithstanding subsection (7) of this section, the governing body of a county may provide notice of a hearing at any time provided notice is mailed by first class mail or bulk mail to all persons for whom notice is required under subsections (3) and (4) of this section.

(9) For purposes of this section, property is rezoned when the governing body of the county:

(a) Changes the base zoning classification of the property; or

(b) Adopts or amends an ordinance in a manner that limits or prohibits land uses previously allowed in the affected zone.

(10) The provisions of this section do not apply to legislative acts of the governing body of the county resulting from action of the Legislative Assembly or the Land Conservation and Development Commission for which notice is provided under section 5 of this 1997 Act, or resulting from a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction.

(11) The governing body of the county is not required to provide more than one notice under this section to a person who owns more than one lot or parcel affected by a change to the local comprehensive plan or land use regulation.

(12) The Department of Land Conservation and Development shall reimburse the governing body of a county for all usual and reasonable costs incurred to provide notice required under subsection (6) of this section.

SECTION 2. Section 3 of this Act is added to and made a part of ORS 227.160 to 227.185.

SECTION 3. (1) As used in this section, "owner" means the owner of the title to real property or the contract purchaser of real property, of record as shown on the last available complete tax assessment roll.

(2) All legislative acts relating to comprehensive plans, land use planning or zoning adopted by a city shall be by ordinance.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, at least 20 days but not more than 40 days before the date of the first hearing on an ordinance that proposes to amend an existing comprehensive plan or any element thereof, or to adopt a new comprehensive plan, a city shall cause a written individual notice of a land use change to be mailed to each owner whose property would have to be rezoned in order to comply with the amended or new comprehensive plan if the ordinance becomes effective.

(4) At least 20 days but not more than 40 days before the date of the first hearing on an ordinance that proposes to rezone property, a city shall cause a written individual notice of a land use change to be mailed to the owner of each lot or parcel of property that the ordinance proposes to rezone.

(5) An additional individual notice of land use change required by subsection (3) or (4) of this section shall be approved by the city and shall describe in detail how the proposed ordinance would affect the use of the property. The notice shall:

(a) Contain substantially the following language in boldfaced type extending from the left-hand margin to the right-hand margin across the top of the face page of the notice:

This is to notify you that (city) has proposed a land use regulation that will affect the permissible uses of your land.

(b) Contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

On (date of public hearing), (city) will hold a public hearing regarding the adoption of Ordinance Number ______. The (city) has determined that adoption of this ordinance will affect the permissible uses of your property and may reduce the value of your property.

Ordinance Number ______ is available for inspection at the __________ City Hall located at __________. A copy of Ordinance Number ______ also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information concerning Ordinance Number ______, you may call the (city) Planning Department at ___-______.

(6) At least 30 days prior to the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan or land use regulation by a city pursuant to a requirement of periodic review of the comprehensive plan under ORS 197.628 to 197.636, the city shall cause a written individual notice of the land use change to be mailed to the owner of each lot or parcel that will be rezoned as a result of the adoption or enactment. The notice shall describe in detail how the ordinance or plan amendment will affect the use of the property. The notice also shall:

(a) Contain substantially the following language in boldfaced type extending from the left-hand margin to the right-hand margin across the top of the face page of the notice:

This is to notify you that (city) has proposed a land use that will affect the permissible uses of your land.

(b) Contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

As a result of an order of the Land Conservation and Development Commission, (city) has proposed Ordinance Number ______. (City) has determined that the adoption of this ordinance will affect the permissible uses of your property and may reduce the value of your property.

Ordinance Number ______ will become effective on (date).

Ordinance Number ______ is available for inspection at the __________ City Hall located at __________. A copy of Ordinance Number ______ also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information concerning Ordinance Number ______, you may call the (city) Planning Department at ___-______.

(7) Notice provided under this section may be included with the tax statement required under ORS 311.250.

(8) Notwithstanding subsection (7) of this section, a city may provide notice of a hearing at any time provided notice is mailed by first class mail or bulk mail to all persons for whom notice is required under subsections (3) and (4) of this section.

(9) For purposes of this section, property is rezoned when the city:

(a) Changes the base zoning classification of the property; or

(b) Adopts or amends an ordinance in a manner that limits or prohibits land uses previously allowed in the affected zone.

(10) The provisions of this section do not apply to legislative acts of the governing body of the city resulting from action of the Legislative Assembly or the Land Conservation and Development Commission for which notice is provided under section 5 of this 1997 Act, or resulting from a court of competent jurisdiction.

(11) The governing body of the city is not required to provide more than one notice under this section to a person who owns more than one lot or parcel affected by a change to the local comprehensive plan or land use regulation.

(12) The Department of Land Conservation and Development shall reimburse a city for all usual and reasonable costs incurred to provide notice required under subsection (6) of this section.

SECTION 4. Section 5 of this Act is added to and made a part of ORS chapter 197.

SECTION 5. (1) At least 50 days prior to the effective date of a new or amended administrative rule of the Land Conservation and Development Commission or a new or amended land use planning statute enacted by the Legislative Assembly, as described in subsection (3) of this section, the Department of Land Conservation and Development shall cause a written notice of land use change, in substantially the form described in subsection (2) of this section, to be mailed to every local government that exercises land use planning authority under ORS 197.175.

(2) The notice shall contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

(a) On (date of rule adoption), the Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted administrative rule (number). The commission has determined that this rule will affect the permissible uses of property in your jurisdiction and may reduce the value of subject property.

Rule (number) is available for inspection at the Department of Land Conservation and Development located at (address). A copy of the rule (number) also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information, contact the Department of Land Conservation and Development at (telephone number); or

(b) On (date of enactment) the Legislative Assembly adopted (House/Senate bill number). The Department of Land Conservation and Development has determined that enactment of (House/Senate bill number) will affect the permissible uses of property in your jurisdiction and may reduce the value of subject property.

A copy of (House/Senate bill number) is available for inspection at the Department of Land Conservation and Development located at (address). A copy of (House/Senate bill number) also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information, contact the Department of Land Conservation and Development at (telephone number).

(3) The provisions of this section apply to all statutes and administrative rules of the Land Conservation and Development Commission that limit or prohibit otherwise permissible land uses.

(4) A local government that receives notice under this section shall cause a copy of the notice to be mailed to every owner of real property that will be rezoned as a result of the adoption or enactment of the rule or statute. Notice to a landowner under this subsection shall be mailed at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the subject rule or statute.

(5) The department shall reimburse the local government for all usual and reasonable costs of providing notice required under subsection (4) of this section.

SECTION 6. Section 7 of this Act is added to and made a part of ORS chapter 268.

SECTION 7. (1) At least 50 days prior to the effective date of a new or amended land use planning ordinance of a metropolitan service district, the district shall cause written notice of the new or amended ordinance to be mailed to every government located within the district that exercises land use planning authority under ORS 197.175.

(2) The notice described in this section shall contain substantially the following language in the body of the notice:

On (date of ordinance adoption), the Metropolitan Service District adopted ordinance (number). The district has determined that this ordinance will affect the permissible uses of property in your jurisdiction and may reduce the value of subject property.

Ordinance (number) is available for inspection at the Metropolitan Service District offices located at (address). A copy of the ordinance (number) also is available for purchase at a cost of ______.

For additional information, contact the Metropolitan Service District at (telephone number).

(3) A local government that receives notice under this section shall cause a copy of the notice to be mailed to every owner of real property that will be rezoned as a result of the adoption of the ordinance. Notice to a landowner under this subsection shall be mailed at least 30 days prior to the effective date of the subject ordinance.

(4) The district shall reimburse the local government for all usual and reasonable costs of providing notice required under subsection (3) of this section.

SECTION 8. ORS 215.508 is repealed.

SECTION 9. This Act shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election held throughout this state.

NOTE: Boldfaced type indicates new language; [brackets and italic] type indicates deletions or comments.

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This measure requires cities and counties to provide individual written notice to every landowner when the city or county proposes a new or amended zoning ordinance if the proposed ordinance will limit or prohibit the uses of the landowner's property. This notice must be mailed to the landowner between 20 and 40 days prior to a local hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance. The measure requires individual notice for proposed changes to a city or county comprehensive land use plan that will require changes to existing zoning designations.

The measure also requires the Department of Land Conservation and Development to notify cities and counties when the legislature enacts a new law or the department adopts a new administrative rule that limits or prohibits permissible land uses. Cities and counties that receive notice from the department are required to forward a copy of the notice to each landowner affected by the new rule or statute.

The measure also requires that individual written notice be provided to every landowner affected by a new or amended land use planning ordinance adopted by a metropolitan service district (Metro) if the new or amended ordinance will require changes to local zoning designations in a manner that limits or restricts land uses in the affected area.

The Department of Land Conservation and Development is required to reimburse cities and counties for all costs of providing notice of changes in state land use statutes or state agency rules regulating land use.
Committee Members:Appointed By:
Senator Veral TarnoPresident of the Senate
Representative Leslie LewisSpeaker of the House
Representative Chris BeckSecretary of State
Arthur J. SchlackSecretary of State
Roy BurnsMembers of the Committee

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)


LEGISLATIVE ARGUMENT IN SUPPORT

A "Yes" vote on Ballot Measure 56 will:

Ensure that property owners have a "right to know" and receive notice when adverse zoning changes the allowable use of your property

For many Oregonians, home and land are the most valuable property owned. Currently, local governments are not required to provide notice to individual landowners when comprehensive plan or land use and zoning changes affect allowable uses of their land. Restrictions on allowable uses often have tremendous financial effects on landowners. BM 56 requires written notice to affected landowners prior to the effective date of state, local or metropolitan service district changes in land use and zoning regulations.

Save taxpayer money and needless lawsuits

Each year, lawsuits are filed by taxpayers against state and local governments as a result of comprehensive plan or land use and zoning changes. These lawsuits costs individual citizens and local governments thousands of dollars. BM 56 will reduce these lawsuits by providing people with information about proposed land use changes and an opportunity to react to those changes before they take effect.

Increase citizen involvement in and governmental accountability for land use planning

Currently, counties are required to publish notice of planned changes in a local newspaper, and affected landowners may learn of land use changes only after the decision has been made. Individual notice prior to the proposed change means landowners can participate in the decision-making process. Government benefits from greater citizen involvement.

Provide funding to local governments for the costs of mandated notice

When proposed changes in the comprehensive plan or land use and zoning ordinances are mandated by the state or a metropolitan service district, the state or district must reimburse affected cities and counties for the costs of notice incurred.

Provide cost effective options for individual notice

BM 56 authorizes local governments to reduce costs associated with individual written notice to landowners by using bulk mail or including notice in property tax statements.
Committee Members:Appointed By:
Senator Veral TarnoPresident of the Senate
Representative Mike FaheySpeaker of the House
Representative Leslie LewisSpeaker of the House

(This Joint Legislative Committee was appointed to provide the legislative argument in support of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.245.)

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 56

Ask yourself this question:

If your state or local government was considering changing the zoning laws on your land...

Changes that would affect the value of your land...

Changes that would restrict what you could do on your own property...

Wouldn't you want to know about it?

That's all Measure 56 requires...

A postcard to inform you in writing that the rules on your land are changing.

Nothing more, nothing less.

It's fair...It's good government...It's long overdue

Please Vote Yes on Measure 56.

If you would like more information on Ballot Measure 56, please call Citizens For an Informed Public at (503) 620-0258.

(This information furnished by David Hunnicutt, Citizens for An Informed Public.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

SUPPORT LOCAL PLANNING AND CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

The Oregon Association of Realtors® asks you to Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 56.

We believe that local citizens should be allowed to participate in designing their own communities. Too often, important zoning changes are made in communities and neighborhoods, without citizen involvement.

But how can citizens be involved if they don't know that changes are being proposed? Ballot Measure 56 will help fix this problem.

Ballot Measure 56 will ensure that you receive a notice of proposed changes to the zoning laws before the uses on your property are restricted or eliminated.

In most instances, notices could be included in the yearly tax statement, eliminating the cost of a separate mailing.

Too often Oregonians purchase property unaware of zoning changes made by local government. Proper notification will help reduce expensive litigation.

That's why we support Ballot Measure 56, and urge you to Vote Yes on this important measure.

(This information furnished by John F. Scott, President, Oregon Association of Realtors.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

I lost my land and life savings.

And I didn't even know it was happening.

It started in 1986, when I bought 40 acres of land in Central Oregon

Filled with stone, sage and juniper, the land was divided into three buildable lots.

I planned to build my retirement home there one day.

But my life changed on a dime one day when I was injured on the job and was unable to work as a heavy equipment operator.

A year later, I put one of the parcels up for sale,

hoping to use the proceeds to pay for job re-training and living expenses while I continued to look for work.

Within days, I had an offer of $150,000 for just one of the parcels.

But I soon learned that the year before, the rules governing my land had changed, and I could no longer build on my property

My land is now worthless.

I was never notified the rules governing my property had changed.

I was never notified that I could no longer build on my land.

I never had the chance to register my concerns or complaints.

I never had the chance to be involved in the process that stripped my land of all its value.

That's why I support Measure 56.

All Measure 56 does is make sure state and local governments notify landowners in writing that changes to their land are being considered, that the use of their property may be restricted.

It's that simple.

All I wanted was a chance to state my case.

If Measure 56 had been law back then, I would have had the chance to speak my piece.

Please ... Vote Yes on Measure 56

Protect Your Land.

Protect Your Future.

Jim Watts

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

The Oregon State Grange Asks You to Vote
Yes on Measure 56

The Oregon State Grange is the largest grassroots, rural-based fraternal organization in Oregon.

Grange members throughout Oregon support Ballot Measure 56. Ballot Measure 56 will increase citizen involvement and participation with state and local government, and will cut down on needless litigation and taxpayer spending.

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure!

Every year, average Oregon landowners spend thousands of dollars in legal fees to fix zoning mistakes made by state and local governments. At this same time, state and local governments spend thousands of tax dollars in these cases.

In many instances, these mistakes could have been avoided for the cost of a postcard. A postcard which informed the landowner that the zoning laws on his property were being changed, and giving the landowner a telephone number to call for additional information.

The cost to mail these postcards is less than twenty-five cents, but the savings to the landowner and to state and local governments can be tremendous.

Is a simple postcard too much to ask for?

We don't think so, and neither should you.

Do we as taxpayers have a right to know when government is changing the zoning of our property?

Yes, of course we do, and by voting yes we can reclaim that right!

Ballot Measure 56 is about fairness and good government. Vote "Yes" on Measure 56.

(This information furnished by Edward L. Luttrell, Oregon State Grange.)

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

The Oregon AFL-CIO urges you to vote yes on Ballot Measure 56.

IT'S ALL ABOUT FAIRNESS

We support Measure 56 because it's fair and simple.

Like all other Oregonians, our members deserve to know that laws are being changed that will affect their homes and property. They deserve the opportunity to participate with their elected officials in creating the new rules and regulations. They deserve the right to be involved in the decision making process.

Ballot Measure 56 will help guarantee these rights. Written notification of pending changes to your property gives everyone the right to be a part of the process.

We appreciate the hard work and efforts of our state and local governments.

But our system won't work unless all Oregonians are entitled to be heard.

That is why Ballot Measure 56 is important.

Please Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 56.

Sincerely,

Irv Fletcher
President, Oregon AFL-CIO

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

From the Desk of State Senator Veral Tarno

Dear Voter:

I ask you to join me in voting "Yes" on Ballot Measure 56.

Ballot Measure 56 is a simple measure. It requires state and local governments to notify landowners in writing that changes to zoning laws affecting their land are being considered.

I believe very strongly in Ballot Measure 56. As a member of the Oregon legislature, I believe that we have an obligation to every Oregonian to keep you informed of changes we make that will affect your home and property. The same goes for state agencies and local governments.

As the Chairman of the Senate Water and Land Use Committee, I heard all of the arguments concerning Ballot Measure 56. During this time, not one person argued that it was a bad idea to notify landowners of changes that affect their property. Not one.

If we are going to change the law, the least we can do is let you know about it.

Please join me in voting "Yes" on Measure 56.

Very Truly Yours,

Veral Tarno
State Senator, District 24

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Oregonians In Action is an organization representing individual home and landowners. Oregonians In Action asks that you Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 56, a measure designed to encourage citizen participation and opens lines of communication between landowners and state and local government.

PROTECT YOUR HOME AND LAND

If you are like most Oregonians, your home and your land are the most valuable asset you own. Ballot Measure 56 will protect the value of your home and land by requiring that you receive a postcard before the state or local government restricts the uses that you can make on you property.

DOESN'T GOVERNMENT ALREADY DO THAT?

Under our current laws, state and local governments are not required to notify you before they make changes to their zoning laws that affect your property. This is unfair. All of us have the right to know that changes are being proposed that will affect what we can do with our property.

BALLOT MEASURE 56 REQUIRES MAILED NOTICE

Ballot Measure 56 does not change any zoning laws.

It doesn't make it easier or more difficult to use your property.

What it does, however, is tremendously important. Ballot Measure 56 ensures that you are informed of changes to zoning laws that affect your property, before the changes take effect. If you are notified, you can participate in any meetings on the proposed zoning changes, and you can join together with friends and neighbors who share your concerns.

Ballot Measure 56 is about fairness.

It's about citizen involvement.

It's about good government.

If you would like more information about Ballot Measure 56, please contact Oregonians In Action at (503) 620-0258.

Vote Yes on Ballot Measure 56.

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Goal #1 of Oregon's Land Use Planning System is Citizen Involvement.

The founders of our land use planning system believed in the preservation of our resource lands. In order to achieve success, they granted the government power to influence the way in which people use their land. Their intention was to have those who owned the land work in partnership with the government for the benefit of all.

Oftentimes it is argued that involving the public is too cumbersome and takes too much time. Measure 56 will help put an end to the rush decisions made by government officials behind closed doors. Measure 56 was designed precisely to involve those citizens in our land use process who will be most affected by the decisions of our government.

Measure 56 merely states that if our government wishes to alter the way in which we currently are able to use our property, they must inform us. Period. Simple, logical, reasonable. That is what Measure 56 really is. A plain and simple, common sense adjustment to help citizens become involved and knowledgeable
partners in our land use planning system.

Please join me in helping pass Measure 56, the cornerstone necessary to make Goal #1 of our planning system something more than mere words on a piece of paper. Citizen involvement is something for which we should strive in all areas of government. Make it part of our land use system.

Vote Yes on Measure 56

Senator Thomas Wilde
Portland

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ARGUMENT IN FAVOR

Twenty years ago, I spent $60,000 on a 2 acre parcel of land in Multnomah County. Today, that land is worthless.

That is the reason I support Measure 56 - the landowner notification measure.

Back then, $60,000 was a lot of money for anyone to spend, especially for a recently retired Army Major.

I did everything I could to be careful before I bought the property.

I checked with the county and made sure that they would let me build a home there. I was assured that I could.

Three years ago, I decided to sell my land.

It was then I discovered that the county had changed the zoning on my property without my knowledge

It was then that I learned for the first time I could no longer build a home on the land I had owned for almost two decades.

Worst of all, I was never notified the rules on my land had changed.

It would have been a simple matter to send me a postcard telling me the county was considering changing the rules.

Vote YES on 56

Measure 56 will guarantee that every landowner receives written notice if the rules governing their land are about to change. It will guarantee your right to be involved when government is making decisions about your property.

I'm not a politician...and I don't represent any special interest groups. I'm just an average Oregon who fell victim to an unfair practice.

Ballot Measure 56 is about fairness.

That's why I support it.

I hope you will too.

Sincerely,

Bill Hackett

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ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION

No arguments in opposition to this ballot measure were filed with the secretary of state.