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Help plan the future of our region! Take the residential preference survey

Having a safe, comfortable and affordable place to live is a shared aspiration for all residents in the Portland metropolitan area.

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.

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.

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.

Council in agreement as terms for reserves-UGB deal released

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.

Statement of the Metro Council on HB 4078

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.