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Property devaluation due to new industry

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David Kinney

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Oregon
I live in Jackson County, Oregon. My home is on 6 acres, zoned "rural residential". Bordering the rear of my propert is a 160 acre parcel zoned "woodland reserve". It is also the site of an historical gold mine that was responsible for the establishment of our town (Jacksonville). The owners of that parcel are attempting to have the county re-zone it to "aggregate resource" and plan to excavate/mine it for that commodity. 77 established homes are within the "impact area" (1500 ft. or less) of the proposed rock quarry. It will be mined by blasting and excavation, with a rock crusher on site. The operation is estimated to run for 50 to 75 years. My property is currently valued (market) at about $400K. If this site actually materializes, the value will drop to about $150K.

Do I have any recourse against the owner, the county, or both?

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