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Shape of the Region study

Planning and conservation    Regional planning and policy    urban growth management    Urban and rural reserves    Reserves overview    Shape of the Region study

Find out more information about a 2006 study that identifies how the agricultural economy, natural areas and urban communities all contribute value to this region.

Throughout 2006, Metro, in partnership with Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, conducted a comprehensive study of the various factors that influence the shape of our region and contribute to the quality of life we enjoy. The study sought to identify how the agricultural economy, natural areas and urban communities all contribute value to this region.

There are three components to the Shape of the Region study:

  1. an assessment of the agricultural lands surrounding the Metro region and their long-term commercial viability, developed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture
  2. an inventory of the natural landscape features that define this region
  3. an analysis of factors that contribute to the development and enhancement of great urban communities

The results of these studies were shared at a symposium held at the Hillsboro Civic Center on Jan. 19, 2007. Full reports and executive summaries of the three components of the Shape of the Region study are available for download below. The findings of these studies informed the designations of urban and rural reserves by the Metro Council and the boards of commissioners of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in 2010 and 2011.

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