Well everybody's in the game for 2006. The Oregonian reports today that both 1000 Friends of Oregon and Oregonians in Action are planning multiple ballot measures related to land use planning.
The good folks plan initiatives that would ban developers from utilizing Measure 37 and allow property owners to build one additional home on their land. The bad guys plan to expand Measure 37 to allow for transferability of development rights, development in the Gorge and other federally protected areas, and further reaching back in time to defy land use laws.
This will be a real showdown over the future of Oregon. As is, 1000 Friends might not actually place their initiatives on the ballot. If they don't we're all in trouble. It's time they went on the offensive. Dave Hunnicut sure won't be shying away from a fight. But above all, if ever there were going to be a battle not over policy but over framing, this is it. It's time we reconnect Oregonians with the values behind land use planning. It's time we find our own Dorothy English.