Planners and environmentalists have long lauded Oregon's unique system of regulating land use. For over thirty years, the system had two primary actors: the legislature, which passed regulations, and the courts, which enforced them. Legislators and judges worked together to establish laws that preserved the state's natural environment, promoted smart-growth principles, and improved urban centers.
Galvan, Sara C.
"Gone Too Far: Oregon's Measure 37 and the Perils of Over-Regulating Land Use,"
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2, Article 7.
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