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Hundreds of new Measure 37 claims pile up at Washington County

Monday's deadline added about 160 claims; county now has 837 to deal with

Washington County land-use officials are wrestling with hundreds of Measure 37 claims filed just before Monday's deadline.

The county has 837 claims, one of the most in the state. About 160 claims were filed between Friday and Monday, the legal deadline to submit claims for property use or reimbursement without filing a development application.

County officials are still sorting through the new filings and will handle them within the required 180-day time limit, said Mark Brown, county land development manager.

'It's going to be interesting,' Brown said.

Until Monday's deadline, Washington County had received 552 Measure 37 claims covering nearly 20,000 acres. Property owners in the county filed claims for roughly $727 million in compensation.

Monday's filing deadline brought several large-scale proposals. Stimson Lumber Co. of Portland filed more than 40 claims to divide land in Western Washington County for housing construction. No amount of housing was listed in the preliminary claim information.

Stimson Lumber owns 400,000 acres of forestland in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Meriwether Ltd. Partnership filed a claim to develop an 18-hole golf course with a nine-hole short course.

Howard Grabhorn, owner of Lakeside Reclamation landfill near the Tualatin River, filed a claim to expand his operation and possibly add a transfer station and a reloading facility on the site.