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Regional planning and policy

Find out how the Metro Council is working to make a great place for current and future generations. The region's land use and transportation policies protect farms and forests while revitalizing downtowns and main streets.Learn more

Direct, accountable policy making

Metro is the only regional government agency in the U.S. whose governing body is directly elected by the region's voters. The Metro Council consists of a president who is elected regionwide and six councilors who are elected by district every four years in nonpartisan races.

The Metro Council provides leadership from a regional perspective, focusing on issues that cross local boundaries and require collaborative solutions. The council oversees the operation of Metro’s programs, develops long range plans and fiscally responsible annual budgets and establishes fees and other revenue measures.

Meet the Metro Council

Tom Hughes

Metro Council President Tom Hughes

Elected regionwide, Metro Council President Tom Hughes was sworn into office Jan. 4, 2011. He presides over the council, sets its policy agenda and appoints all members of Metro committees, commissions and boards.More

Shirley Craddick

Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1

Shirley Craddick represents District 1, which includes Fairview, Gresham, Happy Valley, Maywood Park, Troutdale, Wood Village, Damascus and portions of East Portland. Councilor Craddick was sworn into office Jan. 4, 2011.More

Carlotta Collette

Councilor Carlotta Collette, District 2

Carlotta Collette was appointed to the Metro Council in 2007, and elected in November 2008 and 2010. She served briefly as council president when term-limited Council President David Bragdon resigned in 2010. Councilor Collette chairs Metro's Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, which determines priorities and projects slated for funding with federal transportation dollars in the region. More

Craig Dirksen

Councilor Craig Dirksen, District 3

During his campaign, Craig Dirksen advocated for a complete, balanced transportation system with a focus on supporting projects on the region’s west side. He suggested administering a vehicle mileage tax with a focus on non-gasoline powered vehicles to fund transportation projects. He envisions a region governed by a tight but flexible urban growth boundary to support economic growth.More

Kathryn Harrington

Councilor Kathryn Harrington, District 4

Councilor Harrington is working to ensure our region provides the communities we want and the economy we need. She brings to the Metro Council a background in private business having enjoyed a 22-year career in the high-tech industry. Councilor Harrington serves as a Metro Council member on the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and on the Metro Audit Committee.More

Sam Chase

Councilor Sam Chase, District 5

During his campaign, Sam Chase emphasized the importance of living-wage jobs, protecting the environment, building affordable housing for the region's lowest income residents and communities of color, and providing economic opportunity and livability for all the region’s residents.More

Bob Stacey

Councilor Bob Stacey, District 6

During his campaign, Bob Stacey stated his support for a transportation system approach that balances active transportation, transit, and freight and vehicle traffic across the region. He said that funding for that system should be sensible and equitable and suggests users fund it as they do with public utilities. He envisions a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly region with centers and main streets serving every neighborhood, and prioritizes infill over urban growth boundary expansion.More

When does the council meet?

The Metro Council usually meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays for work sessions, and at 2 p.m. Thursdays for meetings, in the council chamber at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. See Metro's online calendar for details. View the calendar

Learn more about council meetings and work sessions
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Council district map

A map of Metro's six council districts can be downloaded for free in JPG and PDF format. A 34" x 44" printed map can be purchased online for $30.

New Metro Council district boundaries

Learn about the new Metro Council district boundaries, adopted in 2013.

Metro goals

Learn how Metro goals guide Metro's work and inspire collaboration with local governments, stakeholder groups, community leaders and the people of the region.

Lobbyists registered with Metro

The Metro Council passed an ethics ordinance in 1999 directing lobbyists to file a registration statement with the council. This requirement applies to any person who spends more than five hours during any calendar quarter lobbying the council.

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