Environment | Oregon

Metro Council Approaching Final Vote On UGB

OPB | Oct. 14, 2011 8:06 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:03 a.m. | Portland, OR

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The Metro Council appears settled on expanding the area’s urban growth boundary by less than 2000 acres.

That’s a far smaller expansion than the 18,000 acres the council approved nine years ago.

Metro councilor and former governor Barbara Roberts says that the council made one small change this week — but didn’t add several other areas that local leaders had suggested.

“I think that’s the indication that the Metro Council is interested in being very – if you will – conservative about expansion. They brought in the industrial lands that were needed for economic purposes, but they limited the residential lands that were added, and did that in a way that said ‘let’s be more careful about how we bring in residential lands’,” Roberts said.

Hillsboro would get the lion’s share of the expansion, including 1000 acres to the south for housing, and 330 acres to the north for industrial development.

Beaverton would expand to the city’s west. This week the council added to the proposal 50 acres for housing west of Tigard.

The council intends to have a final vote on the growth boundary next Thursday.

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