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.
Category: planning and policy
Several parties, including legislators, representatives from local governments, land conservation advocates, development interests, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey and Metro Council President Tom Hughes, met during the weekend to discuss ways to settle the region's urban and rural reserves designations, which were cast in doubt last Thursday after an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling.
All of the great communities in our region benefit from an effective long range plan to protect farms, forests and natural areas and to provide good jobs now and in the future.
Our state was founded on the premise that our land was the basis for our livelihoods and therefore warranted strong protection and thoughtful planning. The proposed agreement reached by the leaders and residents of our region and endorsed by our Legislature is in keeping with our state’s founding premise.
Given the importance of what’s at stake, it is our responsibility as a community to come together to ensure we protect the things we love about this place – our working landscape, our natural beauty and our ability to provide good homes and good jobs for our growing families.
The local agreement reflected in HB 4078 rests on a solid foundation built through the years of hard work done by people from all across our region. It reflects our Oregon tradition of working together to protect the things that make our region a great place.
HB 4078 codifies the fundamental principles behind our region’s decision about urban and rural reserves. The legislation provides greater protection for farms, forests and natural areas, offers more predictability to our communities, home builders and manufacturers, and makes our land use system more efficient.
The Metro Council supports passage of HB 4078.
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.
A so-called "grand bargain" on land use at the 2014 Legislature would be a long-term boon for the Portland region, one of its advocates said Friday.
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.
The Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is including community members in a decision-making role on the project's steering committee, inviting transit riders, community organizations and neighborhood associations alongside elected city, county and regional officials.
The bill now gives timelines to state regulators and the Oregon Court of Appeals in their review of Metro's future urban growth boundary expansions. That's a win for the Metro Council, which had asked the Legislature to require the courts to hurry up review of UGB cases, and for Hillsboro and Beaverton, which are planning developments in the UGB expansion areas.
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