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No more resorts

There’d have been a time not long ago when, east of the Cascades in Oregon, passage of something like Measure 07-47 just wouldn’t have happened: Growth and jobs were sacrosanct. Could it be that people have had enough – or at least, would like a breather?

Crook County, northeast of the Bend area, in the last few years has seen development of a string of new destination resorts. Some of them have been welcomed. Some (such as development on the edge of Prineville) have been hotly disputed. Most have run through county offices with approval, leading to an advisory ballot issue, Measure 07-47. It would propose a moratorium on additional resorts.

Much of eastern Oregon would until recently consider this the idea of wild-eyed enviros. If so, they have plenty of company. Yesterday, Crook’s voters approved it 4,400 to 2,230 – nearly two to one.

There’s some difference of opinion about whether the measure conclusively is a ban, or just serves as an advisory. If the latter, considering the margins, you get the sense that elected county officials would be foolhardy to open the gates very wide, for some time to come.

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