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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

Amount of residents who say that land use regulations are "an essential tool in protecting our area's quality of life."

Featured viewpoint

A cynic once grumbled, 'All man has learned from the past is that he has learned nothing from the past.' Will the next generation say the same? Will bitter hindsight be their lot? Or can they rise up to enjoy the fruits of our foresight? It is still within our hands to set an example for all to follow.

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