The Clackamas River gave its best shot at an old bridge near downtown Gladstone, but the old iron hulk might not be down for the count.
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.
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.
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 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.
With memories of the mass transit battles of Clackamas County still fresh in many minds, advocates for reducing congestion in the southwest part of the region kicked off a new strategy for building community support.