Measure 49 housing boom a bust


2007’s Measure 49 aimed to give rural landowners the right to build a few homes, but few people have built anything.

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2007’s Measure 49 aimed to give rural landowners the right to build a few homes, but few people have built anything.

Supporters spent nearly $5 million to pass Measure 49 in 2007 and convinced voters that it would resolve problems caused by the passage of Measure 37 three years earlier. With Measure 49, the campaign argument went, most property owners would be allowed to build one to three houses under an “Express Lane” process instead of thousands of homes and rural subdivisions they claimed the right to build under Measure 37.

Some claimants have been turned down for what lawyers say are hyper-technical reasons, counties are interpreting the law differently and — yes — land-use attorneys are parading to the courts for help.

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