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.
Category: planning and policy
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.
All of the great communities in our region benefit from an effective long range plan to protect farms, forests and natural areas and to provide good jobs now and in the future.
Our state was founded on the premise that our land was the basis for our livelihoods and therefore warranted strong protection and thoughtful planning. The proposed agreement reached by the leaders and residents of our region and endorsed by our Legislature is in keeping with our state’s founding premise.
Given the importance of what’s at stake, it is our responsibility as a community to come together to ensure we protect the things we love about this place – our working landscape, our natural beauty and our ability to provide good homes and good jobs for our growing families.
The local agreement reflected in HB 4078 rests on a solid foundation built through the years of hard work done by people from all across our region. It reflects our Oregon tradition of working together to protect the things that make our region a great place.
HB 4078 codifies the fundamental principles behind our region’s decision about urban and rural reserves. The legislation provides greater protection for farms, forests and natural areas, offers more predictability to our communities, home builders and manufacturers, and makes our land use system more efficient.
The Metro Council supports passage of HB 4078.
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.
During the Jan. 13 Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee meeting, approval of an implementation advisory committee and presentations on enhanced local bus service and multimodal projects stole the show from discussion of high capacity transit.
The Metro Council voted 7-0 Thursday to approve a set of legislative policies and principles, both of which are guidelines for how Metro lobbies Salem on potential legislation for the coming session of the Legislature.
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.
Metro leaders have a choice next summer – do they continue a sometimes-controversial tax to pay for that planning, and if so, what should that planning money go towards?