Seto v. Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon
Oregon Supreme Court
814 P.2d 1060 (1991)
An Oregon state law charged the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met) (defendant) with extending the light rail in greater Portland. The project was the largest public-works project in the state’s history and was deemed a priority for transportation, air quality, and emissions reduction. The project was to be funded by a combination of federal, state, and regional funds. Pursuant to its authority and procedures under state law, Tri-Met issued a final order with a comprehensive plan for the extension, including siting of the land to be used. The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) affirmed the order. Under state law, LUBA’s review superseded any local land-use regulations, including those from home-rule communities in the region. Peter Seto (plaintiff) appealed the order to state court, arguing that the final order violated the state constitution by usurping the land-use authority of home-rule municipalities in the region.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Graber, J.)
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