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Description of adopted capacity ordinance

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Find detailed descriptions of each element of the urban growth boundary capacity ordinance that the Metro Council adopted in December 2010.

The ordinance amends the Regional Framework Plan and portions of the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan.

Review the adopted ordinance


Revised Dec. 20, 2010

Exhibit A: New Policies in Metro’s Regional Framework Plan

The proposed policies commit Metro to several new courses of action. First, a new policy sets forth six overall outcomes that Metro efforts with local governments will aim to achieve. Second, new policies will focus Metro investments in city centers, main streets, corridors connecting centers and light rail stations, and coordinate Metro's investments with investments by the private sector and other governments. Third, new policies will use transportation investments to offer lower-income residents less expensive modes of travel to leave more household income for housing. Finally, new policies will aim to improve the regional economy by ensuring a supply of large sites for industries that need them to prosper.

Exhibit B: Title 1, Housing Capacity

Revisions to Title 1 re-confirm the region’s commitment to maintain its capacity for housing, but using a simpler method for doing so. This will make it easier for cities and counties to achieve this important objective.

Exhibit C: Title 4, Industrial and Other Employment Areas

Revisions to Title 4 improve protections of significant industrial lands by limiting the development of new parks, schools and places of assembly in those areas.

Exhibit D: Employment and Industrial Areas Map

This map shows those lands in the region that are protected from conflicting uses for industry and other types of employment. The map shows changes to and from employment designations recommended by the Chief Operating Officer.

Review a memo summarizing changes to the employment and industrial areas map

Exhibit E: Title 6, Centers, Corridors, Station Communities and Main Streets

Revisions to Title 6 broaden Metro’s investment strategy beyond city centers and light rail stations to transit corridors and main streets throughout the region. Title 6 offers investment and other incentives to cities and counties to develop their own strategies and actions to make these places more walkable and convenient for non-auto travel.

Exhibit F: Centers, Corridors, Station Communities and Main Streets Map

This map shows the boundaries of these Title 6 designations as adopted by cities and counties. The map guides the application of Title 6.

Exhibit G: Title 8, Compliance Procedures

Revisions to Title 8 simplify Metro’s procedures for ensuring city and county compliance with the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. Initial decisions on extensions of time for local compliance and on exceptions from compliance are to be made by Metro’s Chief Operating Officer, with the right to seek review of the decisions by the Metro Council. The revisions also re-activate an annual report on compliance with the functional plan.

Exhibit H: Title 9, Performance Measures

Title 9 is repealed and the performance measures in Title 9 become part of Metro’s Regional Framework Plan.

Exhibit I: Title 10, Definitions

The revisions define new terms associated with the revisions made to the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan and change existing definitions to conform to the revisions.

Exhibit J: Title 11, Planning for New Urban Areas

The language in Exhibit J, as adopted by the Metro Council, reflects the previous policy language in Title 11, which guides planning of areas brought into the UGB for conversion from rural to urban use, and conforms it to other changes made in the ordinance. In early 2011, the Metro Council will consider amendments to Title 11 that emphasize affordable housing in the planning for urban reserve areas both before and after they are added to the UGB.

Exhibit K: Metro Code Chapter 3.01, Urban Growth Boundary and Urban Reserve Procedures

Chapter 3.01 is repealed. Procedures and criteria for future UGB expansions are moved to the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan to join other growth management tools and strategies. See Exhibit L.

Exhibit L: Title 14, Urban Growth Boundary

The criteria and procedures for UGB expansion onto urban reserves or lands not designated as either urban or rural reserves are set forth in a new Title 14 of the Urban Growth Management Functional Plan. An expedited process for adding large industrial sites to the UGB is included, but such a process can only be initiated after efforts to find large sites within the existing UGB have been exhausted.

Exhibit M: Title 14, Urban Growth Boundary

The urban growth boundary becomes part of Title 14 as the official depiction of the UGB.

Exhibit N: Metro Code Chapter 3.09, Local Government Boundary Changes

The revisions conform Metro’s criteria and procedures for city and service district boundary changes to changes to the law recently made by the Oregon Legislature. The revisions also require petitioners to incorporate a new city to demonstrate that the city will have the capability to achieve the region’s goals for livability.

Exhibit O: 2040 Growth Concept Map

This conceptual map illustrates the region’s overall growth management strategy. The map illustrates the designations of new centers in Cornelius and Hillsboro and a new location for Happy Valley’s center, as recommended by Metro's Chief Operating Officer in August 2010. Other changes to the map make it easier to understand the region’s strategy.

Exhibit P: Findings

The findings explain how the revisions made by all the exhibits to the proposed ordinance comply with state and regional goals and requirements.

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