Having a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live is a shared aspiration for all residents in the Portland metropolitan area.
More buses. Smarter roads. Better sidewalks and bikeways. All gathered support from the morning gathering of dozens of elected officials. That support isn't surprising. The leaders were spending on a currency of moral imperative, guided by a budget they've already laid out in policies that have been adopted from city councils and county commissions from across the region.
Launched as part of Metro's urban growth report, the survey of 800 regional residents, plus another panel of Opt In participants, could shed light on the trade-offs consumers are willing to make to live in the type of neighborhood they desire.
The Portland region’s growth slowed last year, the Census Bureau said this week, but the Rose City and its metropolitan area continue to be among the fastest-growing areas of the country.
Metro chief operating officer Martha Bennett announced today that Elissa Gertler will be Metro’s next planning and development director beginning March 31st. Bennett previously announced Christopher Wierzbicki would fill the position. After initially accepting, Wierzbicki later told Bennett that unexpected personal matters would prevent him from moving to Oregon to work for Metro.
Council's opinion on density could impact future UGB decisions
"Oregonians hate two things: Density and sprawl." That aphorism, widely credited to former Metro Executive Mike Burton, neatly sums up the challenges the Metro Council faces with its coming urban growth boundary decisions.
Christopher Wierzbicki currently is the deputy director of the King County Washington Road Services Division of the Department of Transportation, where he helped create a stable financial foundation and strategic plan to make the most of the county’s roads and bridges. He also helped King County’s leaders create a new Transportation Benefit District proposal.
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.