Beaverton wants to develop the rest of the South Cooper Mountain urban reserve area where a new high school has opened and multiple subdivisions are being built.

Beaverton wants to develop the rest of the South Cooper Mountain urban reserve area where a new high school has opened and multiple subdivisions are being built.

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With the Portland area facing a severe housing shortage, five cities intend to ask the Metro Council to increase the urban growth boundary it administers, to allow more room for development.

Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City, Sherwood and Wilsonville are asking for a combined 2,817 more acres for new development. They have all expressed their intentions in letters sent to the elected regional government as part of its formal review of the existing boundary — commonly called the UGB — this year.

The cities say the expansions could accommodate up to 14,000 new homes over the next 20 years, along with parks, pedestrian and bike paths, public facilities and retail sites. Most would result in complete new neighborhoods, the letters say. King City even says its request would also result in a new Town Center with three- to five-story buildings, restaurants and other gathering spots, and a new City Hall.

The deadline for submitting formal requests is May 31. The elected Metro Council is scheduled to decide whether and where to expand the UGB in December.

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