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Resources for government partners

Find model ordinances, examples, diagrams, books and reports to help local agencies achieve their goals and comply with regional requirements.

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Advisory committees and regional partners

Metro is a regional roundtable where leaders, experts and the people of the region come together to shape our future. Find out about Metro's advisory committees and regional partners.

Metro advisory committees

Committees made up of everyone from mayors to neighbors and business owners to bike advocates advise the Metro Council, Auditor and staff. Connect to committee members, attend a meeting or find agendas and meeting notes.

New urban area planning

When new land is brought into the urban growth boundary, Metro collaborates with local cities and counties to plan how the new communities will be developed and served by roads, schools and other urban services.

Downtowns and main streets

Cities and developers around the country are realizing the long-term benefits of mixed-use neighborhoods that combine housing, employment, retail, cultural and recreational activities in a walkable environment that is well-served by transit.

Urban Growth Management Functional Plan

The functional plan provides tools that help meet goals in the 2040 Growth Concept, Metro's long-range growth management plan.

Housing Choice Task Force

Learn about strategies for reducing the cost of housing, presented to the Metro Council in 2006 by the Housing Choice Task Force.

Tools for designing streets

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

Transportation system management and operations

Transportation system management and operations strategies provide money saving multimodal solutions that relieve congestion, optimize infrastructure investments, promote travel options, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Regional trails and greenways system

Find out about the ambitious effort to establish a network of regional trails and greenways that connect the cities, centers, parks, natural areas and neighborhoods of the region.

The Intertwine

The Metro Council is teaming up with governments, businesses, nonprofits and other nature lovers to create the world’s best network of parks, trails and natural areas.

Habitat protection model ordinance

Metro has drafted a model ordinance to help cities and counties comply with habitat protection requirements. Conceptual diagrams illustrate how habitat conservation areas would be affected by the model ordinance.

Protecting natural areas and improving parks in your community

Dozens of projects that improve water quality, protect wildlife habitat and provide people with access to nature have been completed using funds from Metro's voter approved bond measure.

Acquiring natural areas

Find out more about the 27 target areas where Metro is acquiring natural areas and trails to safeguard water quality, protect fish and wildlife habitat, and ensure access to nature for future generations.

Nature in Neighborhoods capital grants

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

Solid waste and recycling system overview

Metro is responsible for planning and managing of garbage, recycling, composting and related waste generated in the region.

Neighborhood cleanup matching grant program

Local governments are eligible to participate in Metro's matching grant program, which pays for items related to neighborhood cleanup events like dumpster rental fees, advertising, gloves and supplies for volunteers.

Economic and land use forecasting

Looking for data, reports or forecasts on land, population and employment? Metro compiles and maintains a wealth of information about the economy and demographics of the region.


Find pre-printed maps of the area's zoning, parks, flood levels, watersheds, undeveloped land and more.

RLIS Live Geographic Information System data

RLIS Live delivers more than 100 GIS map layers for the region through online download and web services – available to subscribers anywhere with Internet access.

Annexation and boundary change information

Metro provides procedures and criteria for boundary changes to cities and special districts within Metro. Metro handles the statutorily required distribution of each boundary change decision to complete the change process. See Metro Code 3.09 for details.

Natural hazards program

The Natural Hazards Program was a service of Metro's Data Resource Center from 1995 to 1999 and has been discontinued.

Metro construction excise tax

Learn about Metro's construction excise tax on construction permits to fund land use planning throughout the region.

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Did you know?

Metro's Research Center provides state-of-the-art mapping, spatial analysis, regional economic analysis and demographic forecasting for Metro, its regional partners, businesses and the public.

Featured viewpoint

After years of warnings, the reality is settling in: there is an energy crisis. High gas prices, 'peak oil' and a failure to invest adequately in new, clean energy technologies has started to affect every part of our lives. The question is no longer whether we should respond, but what choices we will make.

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Making the case for climate action

View video of presentations by international climate change expert and Nobel peace prize recipient Dr. William Moomaw. Learn about the science of climate change and what local leaders in the Portland metropolitan area can do to make a difference. Go to the video

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