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Replacement dwelling bill goes to governor


SALEM -- Farmers with abandoned dwellings on their land may be able to replace the structures under a bill Oregon lawmakers have passed.



House Bill 2746 would allow farmers to obtain a permit allowing them to replace abandoned dwellings, regardless of their condition, provided the structures at one time were houses.



The Senate approved an amended version of the bill by a vote of 28-0 in a vote June 10.



The House concurred with Senate amendments in a vote June 12, sending the bill to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber. The House previously approved the bill by a vote of 56-0.



Current law prohibits a landowner from replacing dwellings on land zoned exclusive farm use unless the dwelling was recently occupied and still contains plumbing, electrical wiring and a roof.



HB2746 allows landowners to pass the replacement dwelling permits to family members.



--Mitch Lies



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