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News release: Jan. 6, 2010
Contact: Karen Kane, 503-797-1942 or

Metro and counties want residents to weigh in on which areas should grow and which should remain rural

Metro will be holding open houses and hearings beginning next week  to give residents a voice in shaping the future of the Portland metropolitan region, specifically where urban growth will and will not occur during the next 40 to 50 years. Events will take place throughout the region, and will occur on both week days and weekends.

After more than two years of research, study and public input, the Metro Council and the commissions of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties have crafted a proposed regional map of urban and rural reserves as well as the legal agreements that will formally establish these land designations.

The map proposes nearly 31,000 acres as urban reserves. If designated, these will be first in line for inclusion within the urban growth boundary as the region grows over the next 40 to 50 years. The map also includes approximately 224,000 acres of farmland, forests and natural areas proposed as rural reserves, areas that will be protected from urbanization. By the end of February, Metro and the three counties will reach a final decision on the reserves.

The open houses and hearings will give residents important information about the reserves process as well as give them the opportunity to let their elected representatives know what is important to them. How should we grow? How do we move people and goods around the region and beyond? Where do we invest in our current and future jobs and communities?

Open houses and Metro Council hearings Jan. 11 to Jan. 22

Monday, Jan. 11
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. open house
6 p.m. Metro Council hearing
Multnomah County East Building
600 NE 8th Ave., Gresham

Thursday, Jan. 14
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. open house
6 p.m. Metro Council hearing
Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Ave., Portland

Saturday, Jan. 16
9 to 11 a.m. open house
Washington County Public Services Building
155 N. First Ave., Hillsboro

Tuesday, Jan. 19
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. open house
Clackamas County Development Services Building
150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City

Wednesday, Jan. 20
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. open house
6 p.m. Metro Council hearing
Sherwood Library/City Hall
22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood

Thursday, Jan. 21
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. open house
6 p.m. Metro Council hearing
Wilsonville City Hall
29799 SW Town Center Loop E., Wilsonville

Residents will also be able to comment online beginning Jan. 11. New detailed maps, descriptions of proposed reserves and online surveys will also be available at beginning Jan. 11. Information will also be available on the partners' websites and will be updated regularly:

Metro, the regional government that serves 1.5 million people who live in the 25 cities and three counties of the Portland metropolitan area, provides planning and other services that protect the nature and livability of our region.

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