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Urban and rural reserves

Planning and conservation    Regional planning and policy    urban growth management    Urban and rural reserves

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.


On Feb. 20, 2014, a ruling from the Oregon Court of Appeals changed some of the urban and rural reserves designated by Metro and the three counties in 2010 and 2011. This ruling also affected the urban growth boundary adjustment made by the Metro Council in 2011.

On April 1, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4078 which established new urban and rural reserves and adjusted the urban growth boundary in Washington County. The bill did not resolve concerns raised by the Court of Appeals about a proposed rural reserve in western Multnomah County and a proposed urban reserve in the Stafford area of Clackamas County.

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Shaping the region for 40-50 years

What are urban and rural reserves? Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties and Metro led a regional process to identify land for future urban development and protect farms, forests and natural areas for the next half century...More

The reserves map

Learn more about the maps of urban and rural reserves in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, approved in 2010 and 2011.More

How did you help shape the region's future?

For two years, county commissioners and Metro councilors consulted with residents and stakeholders across the region as they crafted a system of urban and rural reserves. Learn about that process and read what the people of the region said...More

What reserves mean for you

Do you own land outside the urban growth boundary? Do you live in a rural community? Find out how an urban or rural reserve designation affects you...More

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Clackamas County
Multnomah County
Washington County

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Is your property within an urban or rural reserve?

Enter any address in the lookup tool and discover whether a specific property is within an urban or rural reserve.


What are urban and rural reserves?

Urban reserve means lands outside an urban growth boundary that will provide for: (a) future expansion over a long-term period; and (b) the cost-effective provision of public facilities and services within the area when the lands are included within the urban growth boundary.

Rural reserve means land reserved to provide long-term protection for agriculture, forestry or important natural landscape features that limit urban development or help define appropriate natural boundaries of urbanization, including plant, fish and wildlife habitat, steep slopes and floodplains.

Oregon Revised Statute 195.137

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