Urban growth plans approved

Metro and the three Portland-area counties approve a map of new urban and rural reserves.

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Representatives of Metro and Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties approved a new map designating urban and rural reserves in the Portland area.

The new map includes 270,000 acres of rural reserves (protected areas) as well as 27,000 acres of urban reserves (areas that will see future development).

The agreement isn’t a done deal. It could still unravel by the end of the month if rival counties object to each other’s handling of a few contentious areas.

But officials were cautiously optimistic following the 4-0 vote. Commissioner Jeff Cogen of Multnomah County noted that the partners agree to “99.5 percent” of land designations that emerged Monday.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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