View the urban and rural reserves map and related agreements.
On Feb. 20, 2014, a ruling from the Oregon Court of Appeals changed some of the urban and rural reserves designated by Metro and the three counties in 2010 and 2011. This ruling also affected the urban growth boundary adjustment made by the Metro Council in 2011.
On April 1, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4078 which established new urban and rural reserves and adjusted the urban growth boundary in Washington County. The bill did not resolve concerns raised by the Court of Appeals about a proposed rural reserve in western Multnomah County and a proposed urban reserve in the Stafford area of Clackamas County.
These maps include the new urban and rural reserves and UGB adjustments in Washington County and identify the unresolved areas in Multnomah and Clackamas counties. These maps will be updated again once those areas in Multnomah and Clackamas counties are resolved and acknowledged by the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission.
In 2010 and 2011, the Metro Council entered into agreements with the Boards of Commissioners of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties to establish a collective total of more than 28,000 acres of urban reserves across the region. These urban reserves will provide additional lands for future jobs and housing over 50 years while encouraging greater investment and development inside the urban growth boundary.
The agreements between Metro and the three counties also established a collective total of nearly 267,000 acres of rural reserves. Rural reserves consist of valuable farmland and natural areas that will be preserved and protected from urban growth and development for the same 50-year period for which the urban reserves are designated.
The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission acknowledged the urban and rural reserves maps and agreements for all three counties.
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Metro manages the urban growth boundary for the Portland metropolitan area. Learn about this important land use planning tool for protecting rural lands and focusing investment in existing downtowns, main streets and employment areas.
State law defines the criteria that are used to determine the order in which lands are included within the urban growth boundary. In general, high priority lands must be included before lower priority lands can be added.