Metro Council to focus on efficiencies inside UGB this fall
The Metro Council will soon consider improvements to the Portland region’s growth rules that will require more effective and efficient use of existing public investments and that improve the management and accountability of public services. Metro’s goal is to ensure the region makes the most of its existing cities as part of the agency’s long-term strategy to provide good jobs, protect valuable farm and forest land and preserve outdoor recreation opportunities.
Metro is evaluating proposals to create stronger protections for industrial land to ensure it remains available for large manufacturers; to focus public investments to support existing businesses, cities, town centers and transportation corridors; and to provide more affordable housing, among other areas.
Four public hearings will be held throughout the region over the next three weeks:
- 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29, Clackamas County Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City
- 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro
- 5 p.m., Dec. 9, Metro Regional Center Council Chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland
- 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, Metro Regional Center Council Chamber, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland during the Council's regular meeting. NOTE: The Metro Council is scheduled to vote on the proposed capacity ordinance at this time.
Read more about Metro’s work to improve growth management, including information about upcoming public hearings
The Metro Council will be considering ways to protect farms, forests and natural areas by investing inside the existing urban growth boundary this fall. It will not be considering an expansion of the urban growth boundary in 2010 until a revised urban and rural reserves map for Washington County is agreed to by the Metro Council and the Washington County Board of Commissioners and acknowledged by the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission. That work will not be completed before Spring 2011.
Read more about the ruling of the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission on urban and rural reserves
Read more about the current status of urban and rural reserves