Oregonians value the open spaces that surround our urban area. They aren’t here by accident. In the 1970s, as other West Coast cities allowed unchecked development to extend far from downtown areas, Oregonians decided to protect our farms and forests, and make sure that outward growth would happen only as necessary.
Under Oregon law, greater Portland must have enough land inside its urban growth boundary for 20 years of growth. Land inside that boundary is available for construction of homes, employment centers and shopping areas for our region’s residents. That means that even if the boundary wasn’t expanded for two decades, all of the growth we expect in greater Portland can fit inside the existing boundary.
Every six years, the Metro Council looks at growth forecasts and development trends and decides whether to expand the boundary to meet its 20-year supply obligation.