Oregon has lost ground as a model for land use
Way back in 1973, a bunch of Oregonians got together with a common goal: save farmland and stop urban sprawl.
These visionary individuals created Senate Bill 100, the most effective and resilient land-use program in the United States. The program's No. 1 goal was citizen involvement, and thousands of Oregonians helped cities, counties and the state design and implement the land-use rules.
Last fall, it was the people who surrendered.
By a stunningly wide margin, Oregonians embraced Measure 37 and jilted decades of consistent land-use planning.
Oregonians' approval of Measure 37 did more than chop local land-use ordinances into pieces. The measure stunned the nation, stalling efforts elsewhere to rein in sprawl.
Yes, I really felt like I was "surrendering" when I voted yes on Measure 37. I mean, I really wanted government to continue to tell people they couldn't use their land in the way they choose to but the folks down a Oregonians In Action just strong armed me.
The media's suprise at the "stunningly" wide margin just shows the disconnect between the media elites and the regular folks. We don't want big government telling us that we can't build a house on our property, put up a fence, or cut down a tree.
As for the opinion of the rest of the nation, it may have been other media outlets that were "stunned" by the passage of Measure 37 but it certainly wasn't the citizenry who look at Oregon like we are a bunch of hippie throwbacks.