Oregonians believe in a better way to manage growth. As people move here and businesses create jobs, greater Portland’s urban growth boundary protects farms and forests, promotes economic development, encourages equitable housing and supports development of new neighborhoods when needed.
Metro is working with residents, elected leaders, community groups and researchers to evaluate whether communities and existing vacant land inside the growth boundary have enough room for the people and jobs we expect in 20 years. If we need to expand our urban footprint, we’ll work with communities to grow where growth makes sense.
Focusing on results
You need more than dirt to grow a garden. It also takes more than vacant land to build homes and create jobs. Without the roads, pipes, parks and schools needed to serve new neighborhoods, and without sufficient market interest, urban growth boundary expansions will sit for a long time as vacant land.
Communities have asked the Metro Council to make sure the urban growth boundary only expands where it’s likely homes will be built and jobs created. That’s why Metro will ask cities to submit concept plans that show that proposed expansion areas are ready for development. Metro will also ask cities to demonstrate they are doing their share to support housing affordability and job creation inside city limits.
The Metro Council will consider these proposals, along with regional growth trends, when it decides whether to expand the boundary in 2018.
This page will be updated with additional information about the process and opportunities to comment.
- Dec. 29, 2017: Deadline for cities to submit letters of interest for growth boundary expansion proposals into adjacent urban reserves
- May 2018: Cities submit full proposals
- June 2018: Metro releases Urban Growth Report, with analysis of the existing growth boundary, growth trends and expansion options
- Fall 2018: Metro Council decision on growth boundary expansion
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