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Urban Growth Management Functional Plan

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

The Urban Growth Management Functional Plan is Section 3.07 of the Metro Code. The titles in that section are summarized below.

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Title 1 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.110 – 3.07.120) – Housing Capacity

The Regional Framework Plan calls for a compact urban form and a "fair share" approach to meeting regional housing needs. It is the purpose of Title 1 to accomplish these policies by requiring the city or county ot maintain or increase its housing capacity except as provided in section 3.07.120. (UGB).

Title 2 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.210 – 3.07.220) – Regional Parking Policy

Title 2 has been repealed and transferred to the Regional Transportation Functional Plan.

Title 3 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.310 – 3.07.360) – Water Quality and Flood Management

The intent of Title 3 is to protect the beneficial water uses and functions and values of resources within the Water Quality and Flood Management Areas by limiting or mitigating the impact on these areas from development activities and protecting life and property from dangers associated with flooding.

Title 4 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.410 – 3.07.450) – Industrial and Other Employment Areas

To improve the economy, Title 4 seeks to provide and protect a supply of sites for employment by limiting the types and scale of non-industrial uses in Regionally Significant Industrial Areas (RSIAs), Industrial and Employment Areas. Title 4 also seeks to provide the benefits of "clustering" to those industries that operate more productively and efficiently in proximity to one another than in dispersed locations. Title 4 further seeks to protect the capacity and efficiency of the region's transportation system for the movement of goods and services and to encourage the location of other types of employment in Centers, Corridors, Main Streets and Station Communities.

Title 5 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.510 – 3.07.540) - Neighbor Cities and Rural Reserves

Title 5 was repealed.

Title 6 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.610 – 3.07.650) – Centers, Corridors, Station Communities and Main Streets

The Regional Framework Plan identifies Centers, Corridors Main Streets and Station Communities throughout the region and recognizes them as the principal centers of urban life in the region. Title 6 calls for actions and investments by cities and counties, complemented by regional investments, to enhance this role. A regional investment is an investment in a new high-capacity transit line or designated a regional investment in a grant or funding program administered by Metro or subject to Metro's approval.

Title 7 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.710 – 3.07.750) – Housing Choice

The Regional Framework Plan calls for establishment of voluntary affordable housing production goals to be adopted by local governments and assistance from local governments on reports on progress toward increasing the supply of affordable housing. It is the intent of Title 7 to implement these policies of the Regional Framework Plan.

Title 8 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.810 – 3.07.870) – Compliance Procedures

This title ensures that all cities and counties in the region are fairly and equitably held to the same standards and that the Metro 2040 Growth Concept is implemented. It sets out compliance procedures and establishes a process for time extensions and exemptions to Metro Code requirements.

Title 9 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.910-3.07.920) – Performance Measures

Title 9 was repealed.

Title 10 (Metro Code Section 3.07.1010) – Definitions

This title defines the words and terms used in the document.

Title 11 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.1105 – 3.07.1140) – Planning for New Urban Areas

The purpose of this title is to guide planning of areas brought into the UGB for conversion from rural to urban use. All land added to the UGB shall be included within a city's or county's comprehensive plan prior to urbanization. The comprehensive plan amendment must be consistent with all applicable titles of this Functional Plan. Title 11 lists ten provisions that need to be addressed in the comprehensive plan amendment including an urban growth plan diagram and policies consistent with the Regional Framework Plan and adopted 2040 Growth Concept design types.

Title 12 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.1210 – 3.07.1240) – Protection of Residential Neighborhoods

The purpose of this title is to protect the region's existing residential neighborhoods from air and water pollution, noise and crime, and to provide adequate levels of public services.

Title 13 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.1310 – 3.07.1370) – Nature in Neighborhoods

The purpose of this title is to conserve, protect and restore a continuous ecologically viable streamside corridor system that is integrated with upland wildlife habitat and the surrounding urban landscape.

Title 14 (Metro Code Sections 3.07.1405 –3.07.1465) – Urban Growth Boundary

Title 14 prescribes criteria and procedures for amendments to the urban growth boundary to provide a clear transition from rural to urban development, an adequate supply of urban land to accommodate long-term population and employment, and a compact urban form.

Updated June 2013

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