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At climate summit, leaders support transportation investments

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.

No 5-acre urban lot: Survey aims to look at residents' true housing priorities

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.

Portland growth slows, but still among U.S. leaders

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.

Small town regionalism: Relationship between westside cities, Metro seems to warm

For all of the tension between regionalism and local control in parts of the Portland region, Forest Grove and Cornelius present a hopeful case study – that tensions settle, that attitudes change, and that everyone benefits in the end.

Metro COO announces hire of new planning director

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.

Amount of residential units built as 'refill' nearly doubles; Metro Council ponders density

NMVCouncil'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.

Metro hires new planning director to help write next chapter in region’s success

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.

Legislature passes land use bill, which heads to governor for approval

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.

Hughes blasts proposal to have Legislature intervene, cut urban reserves

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.

Council's voices vary on UGB bill, but some agreement about legislative principles becomes clear

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.