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: urban growth boundary
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.
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 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 Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission approved Metro's most recent urban growth boundary expansion on Thursday, ending one chapter in a years-long process to add more land for development in the region.
In its ruling, the court says political realities were a valid reason for Metro approving the Land Use Final Order. But it also said Metro overstretched its authority by approving the project beyond the urban growth boundary.
Today the Metro Council voted 6-0 to add 1985 acres to the region’s urban growth boundary for future housing and jobs. (Councilor Rex Burkholder was excused.) This represents less than a one-percent expansion of the region’s urban footprint to accommodate thousands of additional households and workers over the next 20 years.