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.
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.
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.
The Portland region's government was busy on projects stretching across the area, from studying a transit line to Tualatin, to negotiating to build a hotel in Portland's Lloyd District, to helping with the planning process for a site near Willamette Falls, to figuring out how to curb the region's tailpipe emissions.
DHM's 2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey, sponsored by OHSU, OPB, the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University, looked at attitudes on topics ranging from economic development to health care to civil rights, and then broke down those results by region.
Upon completion, the Platform District in Hillsboro's Orenco Station neighborhood will include five mixed-use buildings, constructed by Vancouver, Wash.-based developer Holland Partners Group.
The Radiator, a planned five-story development of office and retail space on North Vancouver Avenue and Fremont Street, broke ground Oct.9 amidst a crowd of onlookers that included the site developer, community partners and members of the Boise neighborhood.
Plans for a $198 million Hyatt hotel near the Oregon Convention Center inched forward Thursday after two unanimous approvals from the Multnomah County Commission.
A Hyatt hotel proposed to support the Oregon Convention Center would have to pull in $56,500 a night in its first year in room revenue to meet publicly-bonded debt obligations, a financial analysis showed. One industry analyst says Portland's "downtown summer months are rocking," while another warns that convention hotels could draw lower room rates.
Metro has partnered with economic development consultant Michele Reeves and local jurisdictions around the region to promote making the most of what downtowns already have with efforts that lead to on-the-ground results. In today's Hillsboro Argus, Reeves discusses the factors that go into economic development.