The AP is reporting the outline of a Measure 37 reform proposal, based on a confidential draft produced by the Oregon legislature's Land Use Fairness Committee (which obviously isn't confidential anymore).
Measure 37 claimants who want to build up to three homes would qualify for "fast track" status. Others who consider that they lost more than three home sites due to land use regulations could build up to ten homes. Supposedly, though, there would be protections for valuable farmland.
Transferability of Measure 37 waivers would be allowed—currently a legal gray area. A remaining sticky point is how to value Measure 37 claims, in case government wanted to compensate a property owner for lost value rather than waiving land use regulations.
On the whole, it looks like a halfway decent compromise between those who want to keep Measure 37 as it is (ideally, with transferability added in), and those like my wife and me who'd like to see the whole misguided law disappear.
Ten homes, though, is on the upper end of what reform legislation should allow. That's a small subdivision. However, we're fighting a proposed 43-home Measure 37 subdivision near us, trimmed down to 27 by a Marion County Planning Commission decision.
So ten homes is an improvement over 43, or 27. But three to five would be even better.
It'll be interesting to see what finally emerges from the Land Use Fairness Committee. It's good to see some progress after all the heated committee hearings, some of which Laurel and I testified at.