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2011 growth management decision

Planning and conservation    Regional planning and policy    urban growth management    2011 growth management decision

Learn more about the Metro Council's decision to support good jobs, protect farmland and invest in our region's future.


On Feb. 20, 2014, a ruling from the Oregon Court of Appeals changed some of the urban and rural reserves designated by Metro and the three counties in 2010 and 2011. This ruling also affected the urban growth boundary adjustment made by the Metro Council in 2011.

On April 1, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4078 which established new urban and rural reserves and adjusted the urban growth boundary in Washington County. The bill did not resolve concerns raised by the Court of Appeals about a proposed rural reserve in western Multnomah County and a proposed urban reserve in the Stafford area of Clackamas County.

On Oct. 20, 2011, the Metro Council voted to make modest expansions to the region’s urban growth boundary. The council’s decision was not just about lines on a map. The decision will affect how our existing communities develop and thrive, and how we invest in good jobs and safe neighborhoods, protect farms and forest land, and make the most of the investments we have already made in our existing schools, parks, sidewalks, streets and other public structures.

This decision made four adjustments to the urban growth boundary, adding a total of 1985 acres to our region. The decision sets the stage for ongoing discussions about how the region can better invest in creating economically prosperous and vibrant communities while protecting farm and forest land for future generations.

Learn more about the urban growth boundary

New areas for future communities and jobs

The four areas that were added to the urban growth boundary in the Metro Council’s Oct. 2011 decision include:

  • a 330-acre area north of Hillsboro, in the vicinity of Northwest Meek Road and south of U.S. Highway 26, for the purposes of attracting future large-site industrial employers View map
  • a 1063-acre area south of Hillsboro, in the vicinity of Southwest 229th Avenue and Southeast Tualatin Valley Highway, to achieve a target of approximately 10,776 new housing units View map
  • a 543-acre area west of Beaverton, in the vicinity of Southwest 175th Avenue and Scholls Ferry Road, for a minimum of 4,651 new housing units View map
  • a 49-acre area west of Tigard, east of Southwest Roy Rogers Road and south of Southwest Bull Mountain Road, for new residential development and to provide public structures in the West Bull Mountain area View map

These additions to the urban growth boundary took effect on Jan. 18, 2012.

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