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Regional planning and policy

Planning and conservation    Regional planning and policy

The region's land use and transportation policies protect farms and forests while revitalizing downtowns and main streets. Learn about the vision guiding policy decisions and development to make a great place for current and future generations.

The quality of life we enjoy here is the result of conscious decisions and hard choices made by citizen leaders, business owners and elected officials. In recent decades, the people of this region have joined together to protect farms and forests, preserve the character of single-family neighborhoods, revitalize commercial districts, invest in transportation options and safeguard clean air, clean water and healthy ecosystems.

The region is growing faster than anyone expected when the region's long-range plan was first developed. This rapid growth brings jobs and opportunity, but it also creates new challenges. As our population continues to grow, the Metro Council is committed to continue this important work, bringing people together to protect the things we love about this place and charting a wise course for the future.

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Region’s six desired outcomes

Whether your roots are generations deep or newly planted, you are part of a community that treasures the nature around us, the neighborhoods and businesses that sustain us and our shared commitment to preserving our quality of life.More

Regional vision: The 2040 growth concept

This region is admired across the nation for its innovative approach to planning for the future. Our enviable quality of life can be attributed in no small measure to our stubborn belief in the importance of thinking ahead.More

Regional urban growth management

Metro manages the boundary that separates urban land from rural land in the Portland region. Find out how Metro is working with communities to plan for future population growth and meet needs for housing, employment, transportation and recreation.More

Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Portland region

Learn about Metro's role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Portland region, which helps make the most of limited federal transportation funds. Discover the wide range of transportation programs that make this a great place.More

Addressing climate change through great communities

Even though our region is a national leader in arresting the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, current efforts fall short of what is needed to meet state targets. Find out how Metro is working to address climate change while creating great communities.More

Nature in Neighborhoods

Nature in Neighborhoods is a broad based regional initiative to restore and protect the region’s natural assets.More

Unified planning work program

Working together as one region has helped communities across the Portland area make the most of scarce resources. Each year, Metro and regional partners create a list of the regionally significant transportation planning activities that could lead to future investments in the area's roads, trails and public transit service. That list is called the Unified Planning Work Program. Download

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Getting to Metro Regional Center

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By the Numbers

Values of homes within walking distance of urban amenities such as specialty grocers, cinema cafes and bookstores have been shown to be 3 to 18 percent higher than average.

Featured viewpoint

What a great state motto, 'She flies with her own wings. Translation? We march to the tune of a different drummer! Think about it: the beach bill, bottle bill, and land use planning. Remarkable, some would say visionary, pieces of the Oregon experience...Oregon has changed: new folks, new economies, new ways of doing things and thinking about things. But I believe the 'old' Oregon is still here...People still want to be engaged. They want to be a part of something positive in and for Oregon.

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