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2009 recommendations from Metro's chief operating officer

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Review recommendations released Sept. 15, 2009, on strategies for a sustainable and prosperous region. Find out how residents responded to the recommendations.

Strategies for a sustainable and prosperous region

A report from Metro's chief operating officer

Following four years of study, analysis and collaboration with regional partners, including elected officials and residents, Metro released a report Sept. 15 containing recommendations for how the region can grow over the next 50 years toward making the greatest place. The recommendations focus on maintaining the urban growth boundary as much as possible to protect natural areas, farms and forestland, investing in and making the most of existing community assets, and creating good jobs for the residents of the region.

In September 2005, the region received a forecast that more than one million more people would live here within 25 years. That realization kicked off a new way of planning for growth in our region, including focusing more on the outcomes that we want – protecting natural areas, reinvesting in our local communities, and creating good jobs – and integrating major land use, transportation and investment decisions into one process. This course has led to the Metro chief operating officer report contained here. This document is not a decision, but a set of recommendations intended to invite a regional conversation. Local elected officials and the Metro Council will make a series of decisions related to these recommendations through the end of 2010.

Public input

"How do you think the region should grow?" That was the general question that residents were asked during the 30-day Making the Greatest Place comment period. Review the engagement strategies and public response to find out what people had to say about the urban growth report, the Regional Transportation Plan update and urban and rural reserves in the documents below.

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2009 urban growth report

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.

2035 Regional Transportation Plan

Learn about the adopted update to the region's plan for a safe and reliable transportation system. View ordinances, supporting documents and other publications developed throughout this four-year effort.

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.

Local aspirations for growth

In 2009 Metro asked each city and county in the region to share their aspirations to create and sustain healthy and vital places to live, work and play.

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In response to the chief operating officer's recommendations for Making the Greatest Place, Metro Councilors are listening to feedback from local officials as well as business and community groups. These meetings and input from residents will help inform the Metro Council's upcoming decisions. Read summaries of what they've heard.

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