Category Archives: Land Use News

Lessons from the California Gold Rush — Realistic Prospects for Economic Development in Millard County — by Todd Macfarlane

Applying Lessons from the California Gold Rush to the Tech Rush of the 21st Century In Millard County, with IPP’s plans to shut-down the current coal-fired power plant in 2027,…

THE LATEST SAGA — Millard County’s Land-Use Ordinances Continue to Haunt Property Owners

Preface: Millard County’s “new” land-use ordinances started causing major problems right from the outset — with the Deseret Heritage Subdivision at the old Millard County Fairgrounds in Deseret — and…

The Current Status of Property Rights in Millard County – the Struggle Continues

(First published in February 2017 — The saga/struggle continues.  SEE Due Process & Equal Protection in Millard County — a Case Study) Among other things, basic property rights are a…

A Realistic Assessment of Utah’s Role in the Current “Public Lands” Debate REVISITED — by Todd Macfarlane

First published in January, 2017, we are revisiting the issue a year later, based on recent developments, as noted at the bottom. The past few years have been very eventful…

Due Process & Just Compensation for the “Taking” of Property Rights

  San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of…

Southeast Oregon Range Rights Workshop Tour — Riding the Range — by Redtail Rose

  Somehow I lucked into being able to tag along with Dr. Angus McIntosh and Todd Macfarlane on their four stop Western Rangelands Property Rights  workshop tour through three counties…

Our So-called “Justice” System — the Hammond Case: a Case in Point — Guest Opinion/Editorial by the Capital Press

According to a recent Op/Ed piece in the esteemed Capital Press, the Hammond Family case involving the father and son ranchers in Central Oregon reveals unfairness and injustice on several…

The Property Rights Dilemma — a Case Study — by Todd Macfarlane

  NOTE:  At the suggestion of my good friend Tim Smith, I have taken the previous article about recent activity and discussions in Millard County, which serve as good case…

Are PLC and Its Attorneys Part of the Swamp that Needs to be Drained? — by Todd Macfarlane

I have been sitting back waiting for the dust to settle a little bit in the recent dust-up between the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the Range Allotment Owners Association…