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The Metro Council works with local leaders and people throughout the region to create sustainable and prosperous communities for present and future generations.
Learn more about upcoming decisions to support good jobs, protect farmland and invest in our region's future. Every few years our region gets an opportunity to make really important decisions that affect the health of our region. This is one of those opportunities.
This fall, the Metro Council will decide whether to expand the urban growth boundary and, if so, where. On July 5, Metro's acting chief operating officer released a proposal with a few different options for the Metro Council to consider. Several areas have been studied for their suitability to develop into complete urban communities in a timely fashion. Learn more
When someone asks you why you live in the Portland metropolitan area, what do you say? Chances are you love this place – and choose to live here – for many reasons. Whether your roots are generations deep or newly planted, you are part of a community that treasures the nature around us, the neighborhoods and businesses that sustain us and our shared commitment to preserving our quality of life.
The quality of life we enjoy here is the result of conscious decisions and hard choices made by citizen leaders, business owners and elected officials to protect farms and forest land, preserve the character of single-family neighborhoods, revitalize commercial districts, invest in transportation options and safeguard our clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems. As our population continues to grow, the Metro Council is committed to protecting the things we love about this place and charting a wise course for the future.
Making the Greatest Place is a set of policy and investment decisions aimed at protecting our valuable farm and forest land while maintaining and investing in our town and regional centers, transportation corridors and employment areas. Key decisions in fall 2009 and throughout 2010 include:
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Learn about the adopted update to the region's plan for a safe and reliable transportation system. View ordinances, supporting documents and other publications developed throughout this four-year effort.
Read about the unique collaborative process the region used to choose the best places for future growth, identifying lands that won't be urbanized for the next 50 years as well as areas best suited to accommodate future urban development.
The urban growth report helps inform a regional vision for how and where to grow over the next 20 years.
Learn more about the aspirations of local communities in the region to create and sustain healthy and vital places to live, work and play.
As the region’s population grows, one of the challenges to successful implementation of the 2040 Growth Concept is the development and maintenance of critical infrastructure necessary to build and enhance great communities.
This region is admired across the nation for its innovative approach to planning for the future. Our enviable quality of life can be attributed in no small measure to our stubborn belief in the importance of thinking ahead.