Regulatory Overkill: It's Time to Reform Land Use Regulations
Here's a book that exposes the myths about Oregon's "land use planning" (regulatory) system, and explains why major reforms are needed and why other states should not use it as a model. It also addresses unfair and excessive wetlands, endangered species and forest practice regulations.
The land use regulatory system needlessly crams almost all people and development on less than 2% of the land in the state, unfairly strips landowners of their rights to use their land, blocks development and escalates its cost, makes housing unaffordable, misdirects resources, hurts the economy, intentionally increases traffi c congestion, impairs quality of life, and reduces tax revenues needed for schools and public services.
The book provides relevant historical background - how the regulatory system evolved and where it went wrong, It also exposes the utter failure of the courts and the legislature to provide protection for property rights, one of our most basic civil rights.