Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anderson on Oregon Zoning

Jerry L. Anderson (Drake University School of Law) has posted Zoning Bias II: A Study of Oregon's Zoning Commission Composition Restrictions on SSRN.  Here's the abstract:

This article summarizes an empirical survey of Oregon planning commissions, to determine whether Oregon's occupational restrictions on commission appointments are working. An earlier survey found that zoning boards in Iowa were heavily populated with white-collar occupations, with many having a direct or indirect connection to land development work. Oregon's occupational restrictions appear to have reduced the number of appointees who are tied to development, but the commissions are still skewed toward white-collar representation. The article concludes that legal restrictions should be tightened to achieve the goal of broader occupational distribution.

Ben Barros

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