On Monday, Multnomah County Judge Eric Bloch ruled that opponents of the proposed Hyatt project couldn't ask Multnomah County voters to override the county commission's approval of a finance plan for the hotel.
In its approved form, the bill aims to solve the years of debate on the future of growth in Washington County by offering a little something for everyone.
In sending the rural reserves designations back to Washington County and Metro, the court said the urban reserves must also be re-assessed, turning upside-down the foundation of the Portland region's growth strategy since 2010.
That ruling, in the case Barkers Five L.L.C. v. LCDC, could render moot efforts in the Oregon Legislature to bypass the Portland region's planning decisions and instead settle 50 years of growth plans in Salem.
Metro Council President Tom Hughes called the plan "outrageous" after three hours of lobbying at the capitol on Thursday. He said legislators shouldn't step in when there's no way of knowing whether the courts would remand any specific urban or rural reserves.
Regional leaders Thursday further spelled out their position on a proposed bill that would fast-track the Metro Council's 2011 urban growth boundary expansion in Washington County.
A one-time fix to the Metro region's urban growth boundary quagmire might be a tempting fruit, but a more permanent solution would be better, councilors indicated at a work session Tuesday.
The Portland region's government was busy on projects stretching across the area, from studying a transit line to Tualatin, to negotiating to build a hotel in Portland's Lloyd District, to helping with the planning process for a site near Willamette Falls, to figuring out how to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.
DHM's 2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey, sponsored by OHSU, OPB, the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University, looked at attitudes on topics ranging from economic development to health care to civil rights, and then broke down those results by region.
Developers began planning for The Rose, a two-building, 90-unit apartment complex, in 2004 – prior to the recession and subsequent housing market crash.