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Multiple Groups Challenge Portland's Urban-Growth Plan

The Portland region’s long-term urban growth plan is facing appeals from at least nine directions.

Map of the urban growth boundary of 2006, courtesy Oregon Metro

Map of the urban growth boundary of 2006, courtesy Oregon Metro

Oregon Metro

The recent state approval of the “rural and urban” reserves’ map validated years of work by local officials to chart where the region should grow, and where farms and forests should be, for the next 50 years.

Three different developers are taking aim at the plan. They’re targeting areas that they want included as urban reserves. Conservation groups want more farm areas kept out of urban reserves.

 “We know there are hard decisions to make. But in almost every case in Washington County, the best farmland in the state was sacrificed,” said Mary Kyle McCurdy, with 1000 Friends of Oregon.

The cities of West Linn and Tualatin filed one of the nine challenges, over an area on their borders.

Leaders at Metro and three Portland-area counties defend their plan as a balance of growth and long-term protection.

There’s a fast timeline under the reserves’ law that requires the state to respond within three weeks to challenges, and the Oregon Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments seven weeks later.

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