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Why White House Economists Worry About Land-Use Regulations

  The Wall Street Journal By Nick Timiraos Nov. 20, 2015 San Francisco is among the cities that makes housing affordability worse through zoning and other land-use restrictions, Jason Furman said.SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES White House economic advisers have produced a steady diet of white papers this year to spotlight the puzzle of sluggish productivity, which economists […]

State of Oregon Demands Portland Landowner Pay State $2.4 Million to “Buy” His Own Land

In 1904, the Port of Portland dredged the Willamette River in order to make it easier for commercial shipping to navigate the river.  The dredged material was deposited on shallow areas of the river, which have forever since been privately owned. A $2.4 Million Dollar Surprise In 2004, Dolan and Company, LLC purchased nearly 10 […]

In Memory of Bill E. Lewis

Bill E. Lewis of Springfield passed away at home on February 6, 2013 at the age of 79. He was born in French Camp, CA. Bill served in the US Air Force with the Strategic Air Command, then went on to dam construction and later in to property development. Bill is survived by his wife […]

Governor Kitzhaber Signs Order Allowing New Rural Zoning In Southern Oregon

In May, Governor Kitzhaber signed Executive Order 12-07 to allow new definitions of farmland and forestland in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas Counties. In order to understand the importance of EO 12-07, a brief history of Oregon land use law is in order. In January, 1975, the newly created Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted […]