Thomas Sowell's new column, Time money and housing, talks about the consequences of restrictive land use laws and too much open space. Although Sowell is writing about conditions in California, the negative effects he discusses apply to Troutdale as well.
(Update: For a good background on Oregon land use planning, NW Republican has recently posted an Oregon land use primer)
For instance, in Troutdale as well as the entire metro area, housing prices have skyrocketed. Young people or families just starting out are finding it more difficult to be able to afford their first home. At the same time, long time residents are profiting handsomely from the ridiculously high home sales prices caused by the urban growth boundary and the obsession with open spaces.
As Sowell points out, "All sorts of lofty talk about "open space" or "saving the green foothills" is used to disguise the fact that those who already have theirs want to keep other people out..."
Of course land use planning isn't as black and white as Sowell makes it, but we need to remain aware of the consequences of restrictive land use planning.