October 29, 2010  1:55 PM

Metro in the media: Oct. 29


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Metro improperly resells hundreds of gravesites

KATU.com, Oct. 29, 2010

Metro improperly resold hundreds of unoccupied graves in the 14 pioneer cemeteries the agency manages and on Friday they addressed the issue publicly. ... Metro manages 14 pioneer cemeteries and agency officials said Friday the problem was first discovered in the fall of 2007. They said they immediately hired a company to conduct an independent audit to determine how widespread the problem might be. As a result of the audit, Metro instituted a number of new business practices and is working on correcting outdated plat maps.Go to the article
Read Metro's statement from Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan, with Q&A about Metro's response to the problem

Rural and urban reserves: In Washington County, a creek divides them

The Oregonian, Oct. 28, 2010

You can tell the Washington County farmers by the way they pronounce it. It's a slender trickle either way, but planners, developers, attorneys and environmentalists call it Council Creek. Farmers, the ones who grow grass seed, grain and clover north of it, call it Council Crick... The commission resumes a hearing today on urban and rural "reserves," an unprecedented 50-year plan proposed by Metro and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. Go to the article

Collette to temporarily lead Metro

Portland Business Journal, Oct. 28, 2010

The Metro Council has appointed Carlotta Collette as the group's president for the remainder of 2010. Go to the article

Rural reserve decision delayed

Capital Press, Oct. 28, 2010

The Land Conservation and Development Commission on Oct. 22 delayed taking action on a controversial plan to reserve thousands of acres surrounding Portland for urban or rural uses for the next 50 years... Under a plan agreed to by Metro Council and the Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah County boards of commissioners, 28,165 acres in the tri-county area would be set aside for urban uses and 267,000 acres for rural uses. Go to the article

Metro Landowner Alert: LCDC land redesignation

Natural Resource Report, Oct. 28, 2010

Rural property owners in Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties recently received some disturbing news from the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). If you are a rural property owners in one of these counties, pay attention... In 2007, the Oregon Legislature approved a bill directing Metro and the three Portland-area counties to map and designate urban and rural reserves in each county. Areas mapped as urban reserves would be given first priority to be included in the urban growth boundary when the boundary expanded. Go to the article

Stumptown in Stafford

West Linn Tidings,Oct. 27, 2010

A construction crew bulldozed and burned stumps and other woody debris last week left after the clear-cutting of a Johnson Road property, one of several to undergo logging in the past month... But one property owner says it’s that county ordinance — combined with Metro’s long-term intention to urbanize the area, part of the Stafford Triangle — that is driving the clearing of property. Go to the article

Reserves delayed until this Friday

The Forest Grove News-Times, Oct. 26, 2010

The region's plan for urban and rural reserves hit a speedbump last week when the state's Land Conservation and Development Commission delayed a vote on the package... The commission will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Metro Regional Center, in Portland. Go to the article

Eco-districts take center stage

Sustainable Business Oregon, Oct. 26, 2010

A summit in Portland this week is fostering talk about eco-districts, a budding concept in sustainable development that could bolster the city's already solid image as a leader in urban planning... The institute is charged with framing conversation about eco-districts and looping in policy makers, business leaders and academic experts. PoSI's board is a mix of those same groups and the organization maintains active partnerships with the city, Metro and Portland Development Commission. Go to the article

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