Beginning in late June 2018, the Metro Council and its advisory committees will begin to examine the population and jobs forecast for greater Portland to inform whether the urban growth boundary needs to expand. In the meantime, Metro has asked cities to prepare information that will help determine where expansion should happen if it’s needed.
If we expand, where should we grow?
To answer this question, Metro asked the cities of the region to submit proposals on where and how their communities would expand into new areas. It takes more than land to encourage new housing, jobs and communities. Generally, cities were asked to show:
- the housing needs of people in the region, county and city have been considered
- development of the proposed expansion area is feasible and supported by a viable plan to pay for needed pipes, parks, roads and sidewalks
- the city has reduced barriers to mixed-use, walkable development in their downtowns and main streets
- the city has implemented best practices for preserving and increasing the supply and diversity of affordable housing in its existing urban areas
- the city has taken actions to advance other key outcomes, such as social equity and meaningful engagement of communities of color in community planning processes.
Four cities submitted proposals to expand greater Portland’s urban footprint by 2,181 acres with hopes for developing about 9,200 homes in these areas. All expansion proposals are in urban reserves.
||Name of urban reserve
||Witch Hazel Village South
||Beef Bend South
||Advance Road (Frog Pond)