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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.

Join Councilor Harrington next Thursday, April 17

Please join me and Metro Councilor [Councilor] next Thursday at the Beaverton Library for a discussion on how you live, work and get around the region today and what changes you would like to see in the future. I am hoping to hear from the many diverse voices of Washington County, giving all of us a chance to learn from each other.  The conversation will an opportunity for you to express your vision for the future to the Metro Council and inform several upcoming regional decisions.

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.

Community leaders speak out on tailpipe reduction, say transit is a priority

Ideas for the future of transportation in the Portland region flew fast and furious last week as community leaders provided feedback on six proposals for Metro's efforts to curb tailpipe emissions in the Portland region. Those ideas came at two workshops used to gather perspectives on transportation in order to shape the region's preferred approach for reducing greenhouse gases.

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.

Your voice is important: Join us for a community forum on the future of our transportation system

Metro is hosting a series of community discussions about the future of transportation investments. Join us on April 3, at the Madison High School Library and meet with Metro councilors Sam Chase, Bob Stacey and Shirley Craddick. This is your opportunity to meet with your councilors, give your input on regional plans, and help shape the future of the region.

Join us at this community forum

5:30 p.m. open house
6:00 p.m. Metro Councilor welcome
6:20 p.m. discussion tables
7:30 p.m. Adjourn

April 3, Multnomah County

Madison High School library
2735 NE 82nd Ave., Portland

Metro is seeking public comments through our survey site www.makeagreatplace.org from Thursday, March 27 through Monday, May 5. You can also give more detailed feedback on the plans and programs that will shape our region for the next 25 years.
Information that you provide will inform:

Community forums will also be held in Clackamas and Washington County:

April 9, Clackamas County

Oak Lodge Sanitary District Building
14611 SE River Road, Milwaukie

April 17, Washington County

Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room
12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton

Your voice is important: Public comment period March 21 to May 5

There's a reason our region has remained such a great place to live – decades of careful planning have preserved neighborhoods, supported our economy and protected the farms, forestland and natural areas that help create the unique sense of place and quality of life for which the region is known. Because good planning is an ongoing process, Metro is seeking your input on how you live, work and get around the region today and what changes you would like to see in the future.

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.