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The urban growth report helps inform a regional vision for how and where to grow over the next 20 years. Learn about the 2009 report.
updated Oct. 2, 2013
Metro is starting the process to update the urban growth report, which will be the basis for the Metro Council’s growth management decision in December 2015. A draft report will be available for public comment in July 2014 and the final report will be considered by the Metro Council in December 2014.
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How do you want your community to look in the future? What kinds of investments do we need to make to create jobs and provide choices in housing for future generations?
The urban growth report helps people define their aspirations for their communities by forecasting how many people may be living here and how many jobs could be available in 20 years. This analysis is required by Oregon law to be updated every five years and forms the basis for decisions by the Metro Council and local governments on how best to manage growth. The Metro Council accepted the current urban growth report on Dec. 10, 2009, and submitted it to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission.
Learn more about the December 2009 decision
The report sets the stage for a regional conversation: Should we prepare for more people by investing in existing urban centers or by expanding the current urban growth boundary - or some combination of both? In either case, how do the region's cities and counties find ways to pay for new streets, roads, water lines, sewers, parks and other infrastructure?
Throughout 2010, the Metro Council worked closely with local governments to identify policy actions and investments that can focus growth and economic activity into the urban centers, transportation corridors and employment areas that are already inside the urban growth boundary. In December 2010, the Metro Council determined that these actions and investments are sufficient to accommodate most of the next 20 years' worth of growth.
The urban growth report focuses on the region's employment and residential needs:
The residential component of the report also contains a housing needs analysis that is intended to inform discussions about public policies and investments that can support a wide range of housing options as our population grows. The report will assist leaders in addressing new incentives for mixed-use and multifamily homes, as well as investments in transportation and other infrastructure to support efficient use of land inside the existing urban growth boundary.
If any of these files are too large for you to download or if you would prefer a printed copy of the report, call 503-797-1562 for assistance.
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Learn more about forecasts that estimate a range of possible population and employment growth for the seven-county metropolitan region by the years 2030 and 2060. The forecasts help inform public discussions about the future of the region.