Feb 9, 2012

Metro Declares War On Troutdale Property Rights

Joseph Stalin, the first Metro Chair.
Metro Councilors recently voted unanimously to "proceed with enforcement action" against the City of Troutdale.  According to a story on Metro's web site by Metro Chief Propagandist (ok, ok, he's officially known as a Metro staffer) Nick Christensen, the Metro Council decided to punish the City after the Troutdale City Council voted unanimously in November, 2011 to reject changes to the city's code that would have placed extensive restrictions on property that Metro considers "environmentally sensitive". ((You can read a transcript of the November 8, 2011 City Council meeting here- it's agenda item 7).

Barbara Roberts, former Oregon Governor and current Metro Spitter-In-Chief
Christensen's article included a quote by Current Metro Councilor and former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts, who said of Troutdale's refusal to limit property rights, "This is really a spit in your face kind of thing,"

The Troutdale City Council determined that its codes were already compliant with state land use rules.   If Metro has its way, many property owners in Troutdale would lose significant parts of their land for no good reason and without any compensation. That's not good policy except for the Stalinists on NE Grand Ave.

I agree with the Troutdale City Council. Metro is not Troutdale's friend. Want examples? Read these articles:

Land Use Regulation: don't call defenders of property rights zealots 

Metro's Fear And Loathing of Troutdale and Suburbia 

Troutdalians: Bear any Burden, Pay Any Price

Metro Tells Troutdale Where To Shove Its Quality of Life

  Troutdalians have the right to decide how we want our city to look fifty years from now. Not Metro's new urbanist dreamers. Therefore, (to borrow from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address), let every new urbanist know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of Troutdale's high quality of life.
Had enough? TAKE ACTION NOW!!! Call or e-mail  Metro NOW and tell them to stop violating your property rights:

Metro Council office
503-797-1540 | 503-797-1793 fax

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