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Chamber votes to oppose I-933

Tue., Oct. 17, 2006

The Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce voted Monday to oppose Initiative 933, which would force governments to either pay landowners for property value lost due to land-use regulations or to waive the restrictions.

“The chamber supports a fair and strong balance between private property rights and land-use planning,” the decision reads. “The chamber does not support I-933 as written because it does not strike such a balance.”

The chamber board members were worried that city and county governments would be “put in a quandary not having sufficient budgets to pay for the cost associated with this type of contested land-use development … and would therefore have to let some projects go through because they weren’t in a position to do anything else,” said Rich Hadley, president and CEO of the Spokane Chamber.

Some estimates put the cost of I-933 at up to $9 billion statewide, Hadley said, adding: “I doubt the proponents of I-933 want that type of expense appropriated against the rest of the citizens.”


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