Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Do Oregon's land-use laws protect agriculture?

Glenn Archambault, of Phoenix, Ore., sent a link to this video to Capital Press reporter Mitch Lies. Archambault is one of the people interviewed in this three-part series, on Oregon's land-use laws and their impact on farmers and ranchers.

The video is produced by the organization Americans for Prosperity in Josephine County, Ore.


Anonymous said...

The big hay and sheep barn in the video is a illegal structure under Oregon land use law. No electricity is allowed or any kind of improvement permmits, it is illegal to sell the barn or the farmland it sits on. Else where on the farm is a vacant building site.
The county government forced the removal of the building that was for operating the farm, vet lab, and treatment area.

When the farm was purchased in 1993 the local and state governmnet knew of all land use defects in the property, but refused to reveal them until the farm had been sold. After the sale the local authorities began a fifteen year fight to stop the farm operation.

The legal conflicts regarding this farm resulted from the former owners dividing land illegally, building without permits and failing to meet many land use laws.
Under Oregon law, the current owner of the propery is responsiable for any and all violations of any kind.

Oregon law doesn't make a seller disclose land use defects, the local government has no responsiability to disclose known violations, title companies and lenders do not deal with Oregon land use laws, only the current owner is required to comply and repair any defects in the property.
The buyer of real estate must discover any defects in the property reagrding Oregon land use law before the sale.

This farm is zoned EFU and is located in a area of production farms, ranches and orchards.

Glenn R Archambault

Anonymous said...

Here is a update on the barn and land I own.

Jackson County government who allowed the removal of the power supply to my barn, refuses to restore service.

The service dates abck to the days of the Great Depression and the effort to provide electricity to ever farm.

The county government allowed the removal of the service and claims it was a homeowner built service and had no legal status.

I wonder what the people milking cows in this barn years ago would think of this modern land use planning.

The day power came to milk barns and the daily task of hand milking finally ended,that was a big day on farms in this country.

Barns could have lights, power for hay equipment, heaters, radios, and over time barns became very productive buildings on farms.

Oregon land use laws were meant to protect farm, forest and mining land, not harm them.

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