In the wake of the passage of Measure 37, poster child elderly Dorothy English appears again and again - depicted as the quintessential Oregonian "done wrong" by land management.
We are told that she has her husband bought acreage in SW Portland 50 years ago and within the last few years when they tried to subdivide and develop it, apparently found that land use regulations would not allow them to do so.
Didn't they notice the change earlier? When was it made? Are these people in financial trouble? Do they NEED to develop this land that has lain fallow for 50 years in order to survive? Do they have other options?
How long should someone be able to freeze land use regulations to suit themselves? I agree that if they had purchased the property in the recent past and it had been zoned for development they would be rightfully indignant if they were not allowed to do so now. But 50 years! Weren't these people paying any attention? If they were informed of changes in land use, why didn't they sell their property and get what they could when they could see change in the wind, then invest in property that COULD be developed? Why did they continue to hang on to it?
We are now facing once again paying the Multnomah County Tax plus Tri-Met Tax, increased Property Taxes, and higher rates on almost everything. My salary is very low. I would be incensed to think that I, and others like myself, are going to be asked to pungle up millions for people who are already comfortable and just want to maximize their assets and make even more money . . . or to somebody who may never have purchased the property in question in the first place - just inherited it - and now wants to go after that tall green development cash.
When I buy a car, then have an accident and total it, nobody is going to reimburse me for what I might have received in resale if it had been undamaged by circumstances. When I buy a house, nobody is going to compensate me if the neighborhood goes to pot and values drop. If I buy a dog with the expectation of breeding a cash crop of puppies and the city tells me that I can only keep a certain number of animals on my premises, nobody is going to reimburse me for potential puppy earnings.
There are no guarantees in life and the bottom line is that - while trying to be fair - nobody should be unreasonable, nor should they put their personal advancement ahead of the wellbeing of an entire community, city or state.