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New Metro Council district boundaries

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Learn about the new Metro Council district boundaries, adopted in 2013.

On May 19, 2011, the Metro Council adopted a map with new boundaries for the six Metro Council districts. This map will take effect for the 2012 Metro Council elections and be in effect for at least 10 years.

Every 10 years, following the completion of the U.S. Census, the Metro Council is required to evaluate whether each of its six districts are of relatively equal population and adjust the district boundaries as necessary to provide for equal representation.

The results of the 2010 U.S. Census indicated that the populations of a few of the Metro Council districts varied significantly from the average district population of 248,362 people. Accordingly, the district lines were redrawn to ensure that each district is within five percent of the average district population.

Considerations and public comment

The Council gave consideration to existing precincts and, to the greatest extent possible sought to maintain communities of interest. Such communities of interest are represented in cities under 15,000 in population, regional centers, town centers, school districts, established neighborhood associations, neighborhood planning organizations, and community planning and participation organizations.

In late April, the Metro Council released three proposed maps for public review and consideration. The Council also solicited public comments from leaders of cities, counties and school districts to share their preferences as to which of the three proposed maps should be the preferred option.

The majority of the comments received from citizens and local governments expressed a preference for “Option 3.” As initially proposed, Option 3 shifted District 2 eastward into Happy Valley while District 1 took in more of east Portland. Maywood Park and other portions of east Portland, previously in District 1, shifted to District 5. District 5 also received a portion of northern Beaverton and unincorporated Washington County from District 4, and the northern boundary of District 3 was drawn at Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. and Tualatin Valley Hwy. in Washington County, bringing portions of Aloha into District 3 from District 4.

In May, a revised Option 3 map was offered as the preferred map for the Metro Council to adopt. The revised Option 3 made a few changes to the original Option 3 map:

  • The northern boundary of District 2 in the Sellwood area, previously proposed as Tacoma Street, was moved to the Clackamas County line so that all of the Sellwood area would remain in District 6.
  • The eastern boundary of District 2 in northern Clackamas County now follows the eastern city limits of Happy Valley (rather than SE 172nd Ave.), placing all of the City of Happy Valley within District 2.
  • In Northeastern Washington County north of U.S. Hwy. 26, the boundary between Districts 4 and 5 was redrawn to follow the Beaverton city limits, keeping that portion of the City of Beaverton within District 4 and nearby unincorporated areas in District 5.

As a result, all districts are within 3.5 percent of the average district population, based on the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.

Descriptions of the six Council districts

Download a map of the new Metro Council districts

Beginning with the 2012 election cycle, the six Metro Council districts will cover the following areas:

  • District 1 will include all of the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village and Damascus, plus Boring and unincorporated areas in Multnomah County east of Gresham and Troutdale. It will also include all of the City of Portland east of 122nd Ave. (and east of 112th Ave. south of Foster Rd.). District 1 will no longer include the cities of Happy Valley (now in District 2) and Maywood Park (now in District 5).
  • District 2 will include all of the cities of Happy Valley, Gladstone, Johnson City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Rivergrove and West Linn, along with many unincorporated areas in northern Clackamas County. It will also include a portion of Southwest Portland and unincorporated Multnomah County to the east and south of Interstate 5 and south of SW Canby Street east of Brier Pl. The district will include all of the Stafford area within Metro’s jurisdiction (the portion of Stafford south of Interstate 205 was previously in District 3).
  • District 3 will include all of the City of Beaverton to the south of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy./Farmington Rd. east of Watson St., south of Broadway between Watson St. and Cedar Hills Blvd., and to the south of Tualatin Valley Hwy. west of Cedar Hills Blvd. It also includes all of the cities of Durham, King City, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville, plus the unincorporated communities of Aloha (south of Tualatin Valley Hwy., which was previously in District 4), Raleigh Hills (south of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.), Bull Mountain, Garden Home and Metzger. It will no longer include any portion of Stafford.
  • District 4 will include all of the cities of Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro. It will also include a portion of the City of Beaverton and unincorporated areas in Washington County to the north of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy./Farmington Rd. east of Watson St., north of Broadway between Watson St. and Cedar Hills Blvd., and to the north of Tualatin Valley Hwy. west of Cedar Hills Blvd., except for the unincorporated community of Cedar Mill lying north of U.S. Hwy. 26 and north and east of the Beaverton city limits, which will become part of District 5. District 4 will include the unincorporated communities of Aloha (north of Tualatin Valley Hwy.), Raleigh Hills (north of Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.), Bonny Slope, Bethany, West Slope and Cedar Hills. District 4 will be entirely within Washington County.
  • District 5 will include all of North and Northwest Portland, all of Southwest Portland north of U.S. Hwy. 26 (including downtown), and all of Northeast Portland north of Interstate 84 and west of 122nd Ave. District 5 will include the City of Maywood Park, which was previously in District 1. District 5 will also include an area in Washington County north of Hwy. 26 and north and east of the Beaverton city limits (the Cedar Mill area), which was previously in District 4.
  • District 6 will include all of the east side of Portland south of Interstate 84 and west of 122nd Ave. (except for the portion south of Foster Rd. and east of 112th Ave., which will be in District 1). District 6 will also include all of Southwest Portland south of U.S. Hwy. 26, west and north of Interstate 5 and north of Canby St. east of Brier Pl. District 6 will be entirely within Multnomah County.

Review the new council district map, effective 2013

Need assistance?

Ken Ray
503-797-1508
ken.ray@oregonmetro.gov

What the charter says

Within three months after an official census indicates that the boundaries of Council districts deny equal protection of the law, the Council shall change the boundaries to accord equal protection of the law and shall assign Councilors to the reapportioned districts. As nearly as practicable, all Council districts shall be of equal population and each shall be contiguous and geographically compact. The Council may by ordinance specify additional criteria for districts that are consistent with this section.

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