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.
The Oregon Legislature, in its 2014 session, is considering a proposal to establish new urban and rural reserves and readjust the urban growth boundary. This website will be updated with new information after the legislative session ends.
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.