MCMINNVILLE - A Yamhill County judge said five landowners have the right to build subdivisions on farmland in Yamhill County.

The ruling could result in as many as 150 homes built outside Newberg and McMinnville.

Yamhill County Circuit Judge John Collins ruled Wednesday the property owners had invested enough money in the developments to give them the right to proceed under the terms of an initiated state law that relaxed statewide land-use controls.

Collins said a later law, Measure 49, can't be used to stymie the property owners.

It is the second victory for Oregon property rights advocates in a week, but opponents are likely to file an appeal.

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