Reserves Steering Committee
Planning and conservation
Regional planning and policy
Urban and rural reserves
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The committee, co-led by Metro and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, provided guidance on the study of potential urban and rural reserves and advised the Metro Council and county commissions on the formal designations of these areas.
To assist with the study and development of urban and rural reserves, a regional Reserves Steering Committee was formed consisting of officials from local cities, counties and Metro, representatives of various business sectors including agriculture, as well as environmental conservation, and social and economic equity organizations. The Reserves Steering Committee met once a month starting in January 2008 and held its final meeting Oct. 14, 2009.
Urban and rural reserves were formally designated through agreements between the Metro Council and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington county commissions. Therefore, the representatives of the Metro Council and the three counties were the only voting members of the Reserves Steering Committee. These four representatives, called the Core 4, who co-chaired the Reserves Steering Committee, are:
The steering committee also had seats for representatives from the two largest cites in each county, as well as one seat apiece representing the smaller cities of each county. There was one representative for the neighboring cities outside Metro's urban growth boundary. The city representatives were:
- Portland: Susan Anderson, Director of Planning and Sustainability (Bob Clay, alternate)
- Gresham: Shane Bemis, Mayor (Richard Strathern, Councilor, alternate)
- Beaverton: Dennis Doyle, Mayor (Steven Sparks, Interim Community Development Director, alternate)
- Hillsboro: Jerry Willey, Mayor (Aron Carleson, Councilor, alternate)
- Lake Oswego: Jack Hoffman, Mayor (Donna Jordan, Councilor, alternate)
- Oregon City: Alice Norris, Mayor (James Nicita, Commissioner, alternate)
- Clackamas County's other cities: Tim Knapp, Wilsonville Mayor (Teri Cummings, West Linn City Councilor, alternate)
- Multnomah County's other cities: David Fuller, Wood Village Mayor (Julie Odell, Wood Village staff, alternate)
- Washington County's other cities: Chris Barhyte, Tualatin City Councilor (Richard Kidd, Forest Grove Mayor, alternate)
- Neighboring cities: Kathy Figley, Woodburn Mayor (Melody Thompson, Canby Mayor, alternate)
In addition, the representatives of various non-governmental stakeholder groups included:
- Business: Greg Manning, First Horizon Construction Lending (John Pinkstaff, Lane Powell, alternate)
- Construction/Real Estate: Greg Specht, Specht Development, Inc. (Bob LeFeber, Commercial Realty Advisors, LLC, alternate)
- Urban Development: Craig Brown, Matrix Development (Drake Butsch, First American Title Insurance Co., alternate)
- Agriculture: Jeff Stone, Oregon Association of Nurseries (Shawn Cleave, Oregon Farm Bureau, alternate)
- Natural Resources: Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces Institute (Jim Labbe, Audubon Society of Portland, alternate)
- Land Use: Mary Kyle McCurdy, 1000 Friends of Oregon (Tara Sulzen, 1000 Friends of Oregon, alternate)
- Social and Economic Equity: Sue Marshall, Coalition for a Livable Future (Ron Carley, Coalition for a Livable Future, alternate)
State agencies were also represented on the Reserves Steering Committee to provide policy and technical expertise. These agencies and their representatives were:
- Department of Land Conservation and Development: Richard Whitman (Bob Rindy, alternate)
- Department of Transportation: Lainie Smith (Lidwien Rahman, alternate)
- Department of Agriculture: Katy Coba (Jim Johnson, alternate)
- Department of Forestry: David Morman (Doug Decker, alternate)
- Economic and Community Development Department: Karen Goddin
- Water Resources Department: Bill Ferber (Sabrina White-Scarver, alternate)
- Department of State Lands: Kirk Jarvie (Peter Ryan, alternate)
- Department of Environmental Quality: Keith Johnson
- Department of Fish and Wildlife: Jeff Boechler (Susan Barnes, alternate)
More Reserves Steering Committee information
Download agendas, minutes and packets for the 2008-2009 meetings of the Urban Rural Reserves Steering Committee.
Download reference materials presented at steering committee meetings.
Download reference materials submitted by individual committee members for steering committee consideration.
Download technical materials submitted by members of the Core 4 technical team to the Reserves Steering Committee.
Download natural hazards maps and materials submitted by members of the Core 4 technical team to the Reserves Steering Committee.
Review the operating principles that guide the work of the Reserves Steering Committee.