Tuesday, December 12, 2006
AUBURN — The Auburn City Council has weighed in against
Initiative 933, the so-called private property rights initiative that will
appear on the November ballot.
Council members present at last week's
meeting approved a resolution voicing their opposition to I-933, claiming
it was vague and would impose an unfair burden on cities to implement it.
Councilman Roger Thordarson was excused from the meeting Monday and did not
The measure would require compensation when government
regulations damage the use or value of private property, would forbid
regulations that prohibit existing legal uses of private property, and would
provide exceptions or payments.
Compensation would be required when
regulations are enforced that damage private property use or value, including
regulations prohibiting or restricting property uses that were allowed as of
January 1, 1996.
In their resolution, the council members noted that the
initiative defines damaging the use or value of property to include "requiring a
portion of property to be left in its natural state or without beneficial use to
its owner, unless necessary to prevent immediate harm to human health and
That would include many critical areas regulations that prohibit
development in environmentally sensitive areas such as steep slopes, wetlands,
or in buffer areas around streams, the council said.
The initiative would
require local jurisdictions that act to comply with the state Growth Management
Act to compensate affected property owners or ignore the state law, the council
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