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April 20, 2007

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Near my work, there is a flat, green, luscious 250 acres that has probably been in agricultural production for 150 years. Last week, the big yellow machinery rolled in and began to turn it into a housing development. That is OK, according to the County and State governments, because it is within an urban growth boundary.

My 300 acre Measure 37 claim is a plan to secure the ratio of human presence to ag/natural presence at 1:5....for as long as our governments shall hold the property owners to the pact. It uses surface (spring/runoff) water only. It's a great, earth-friendly plan that would provide some families (about 35) with a great place to live, mostly be out of view of neighboring highways and biways, and (horrors) allow me to make some money on an investment of 35 years ago. My property is not within an urban growth boundary, but it is on hill land that has not been farmed for over 50 years that I know of.

Why is the development of the first property a grand idea and the development of mine a bad idea?

The Measure 37 applications are SO varied. It is wrong to apply one limit, such as a maximum of ten homesites per claimant to them all. In many cases you would be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

For the record, there are probably Measure 37 claims that I would prefer not to be acted upon. But, it would be determined case by case...not in one sweeping, "fixing or (more likely) nixing" action.

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