Portland's Parks-Fee Blowout Brings Expected Lawsuit

July 29, 2015
Led by litigators Paul Conable, Steven Olson, and Chris Pallanch, Tonkon Torp recently filed a "Petition for Writ of Review," challenging the City of Portland and its new method of calculating parks system development charges (effectively a tax on newcomers). The petition was filed in Multnomah Circuit Court on behalf of a collection of building, real estate, and business groups, including the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, the Portland Business Alliance, and the Oregon Association of Realtors. In an editorial published Monday on Oregonlive, the Oregonian's Editorial Board positively discusses the legal challenge and takes an unfavorable view of the tax passed by the Portland City Council. You can read the editorial here at