Land plan threat

The Portland area’s groundbreaking urban-rural reserves plan could be upended by appeal.

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Metro and the three Portland-area counties approved a new plan last month designating 28,000 acres of urban reserves and 271,000 acres of rural reserves.

But while the plan was celebrated for its groundbreaking achievements, it faces the possibility of being overturned on appeal.

“I do fear that the decision will not survive that process,” Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder said before voting to approve the package Feb. 25. The whole region may be in for a “hamster wheel of litigation and appeal,” said Burkholder.

The land use watchdog group 1000 Friends of Oregon, in tandem with farmers and other allies, will contest inclusion of so much valuable Washington County farm land as urban reserves, said 1000 Friends’ Policy Director Mary Kyle McCurdy. That means taking its fight to the state Land Conservation and Development Commission and, if needed, the Oregon Court of Appeals.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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