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Planning and conservation

Learn about Metro's initiatives and find tools designed to promote prosperous communities and enrich the natural environment. Share your ideas for the region's transportation, land use, natural areas, garbage disposal and recycling systems.

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Thanks to you a better zoo

The Oregon Zoo is creating a 20-year master plan, new animal exhibits, a veterinary medical center and a new education center, thanks to support from the region's voters...Go

Get involved

Help shape the future of the region by contributing your ideas on growth, transportation, recycling and more!..Go

Regional planning and policy

The region's land use and transportation policies protect farms and forests while revitalizing downtowns and main streets. Learn about the vision guiding policy decisions and development to make a great place for current and future generations... Go

Urban development and revitalization

Learn about the urban growth boundary and the designation of urban and rural reserves. Find out about efforts to create vibrant communities and encourage nature-friendly design...Go


Discover how the Metro Council is working to implement the Regional Transportation Plan by investing in transportation projects and expanding travel options...Go

Natural areas, parks and trails

Metro works with partners to protect natural areas, restore sensitive habitat for fish and wildlife, and plan the region’s parks and trails...Go

Managing garbage and recycling

Wondering where the garbage for 1.5 million people goes? Find out how Metro guides the region’s garbage and recycling systems and works to reduce waste...Go

Planning library

Read the 2040 Growth Concept, the Regional Framework Plan and other long-range plans that guide Metro's work and help shape the future of the region...Go

Tools for placemaking and development

Whether you are a developer, lender, builder, city planner, elected official or resident Metro offers an array of placemaking tools, training, consultant services and funds you can use in your community.

Transit-oriented development

Discover how Metro is helping spark vibrant downtowns and main streets through public/private partnerships, investments and incentives in key development projects located near transit.

Nature-friendly development

Learn more about nature-friendly development practices that benefit the environment and your business.

Community Investment Toolkit

The Community Investment Toolkit provides information to local governments, nonprofit organizations, developers and community leaders about best practices for creating and enhancing vibrant urban communities.

Tools for designing streets

Discover practical information for designing safe and healthy streets with four handbooks published by Metro.

Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

Metro is seeking applications for projects that re-green and re-nature neighborhoods.

Brownfields recycling program

Metro is working to promote efficient use of land through redevelopment of contaminated properties that provides economic benefits to communities.

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Protected by voters

Natural areas, parks and trails

Thanks to voters, Metro has preserved 12,000 acres of natural areas, protected 90 miles of rivers and streams, supported hundreds of community projects and opened three large nature parks. Learn more

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Metro news

Find news, stories and things to do on Metro's website. Subscribe to daily, weekly or monthly email digests, or view updates in your news reader.Go

By the Numbers

Values of homes within walking distance of urban amenities such as specialty grocers, cinema cafes and bookstores have been shown to be 3 to 18 percent higher than average.

Featured viewpoint

We Oregonians are a contrary lot. The vast majority of those on the Oregon Trail in the mid-19th century turned south to the California gold fields. A few headed north, marking the beginning of the state of Oregon as we know it now. They took the road less traveled...Oregon, in the words of its deeply missed laureate Terence O'Donnell, is a 'time-deep land.' The land itself and the history upon it are unique to Oregon. Considering all that we face today, how well we manage this land can continue to set us apart from, and put us ahead of, the crowd.

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