Eric de Place

Eric de Place is a senior researcher at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank.

Measure 37 to Oregonians: 'Shut up'

Property rights measures are about stifling community

You see, this is what I was talking about. From today's Oregonian: The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to speed the processing of claims made under Oregon's Measure 37 property rights law by …

A greener city with less red tape

Is required green development smart public policy?

Here's a potentially good idea about which I'm rather ambivalent: rules requiring in-city developers to include robust landscaping features such as green roofs and vegetation-covered walls. It's easy on the eyes, but it may not …

Measure 37 madness

Property owners bribe their own communities

Here's a perfect example of why pay-or-waive laws don't work. In the rural Oregon community of Prineville, a property owner filed a claim under Measure 37 demanding to be allowed to build his house on …

Taking back the initiatives

Takings initiatives die deserved death

Five outta six ain't bad. As I mentioned earlier, the takings measures in Montana and Nevada were yanked by the courts. Then last night, the good news just kept on coming. Voters in three Western …

The takings conspiracy

Misleading campaigns and unconstitutional initiatives

In my previous posts on the 2006 takings ballot measures (here, here, and here), I promised I'd get out the tinfoil hat and talk conspiracy theory. So here goes ...

Property wrongs in Oregon

Stories of how Measure 37 has affected Oregon landowners

For two days now, I've been blathering on about the unholy "property rights" ballot measures in 2006 -- see here and here. But if you really want to understand the potential impacts of these takings …

Raw sewage, takings, and you

Regulatory takings initiatives tie communities’ hands

I love sewers. I love them because the alternative is so much worse. Ponder that for a moment. What the heck do sewers have to do with property rights and regulatory takings? Patience, grasshopper. As …

'Regulatory takings' measures: Pay me to obey

Western ballot measures would gut environmental protections

A couple of weeks ago, while hurrying to a favorite trout stream, I was pulled over for speeding in a small town. I must have been fried from months of research and writing on the …

Go west, young wolf

Wolves are returning to their home in Oregon

It seems that wolves are returning home to Oregon. A little more than a decade ago, Oregon was wolf-less, along with the rest of the American West, a legacy of government-sanctioned poisoning, trapping, and shooting …