Metro designates “urban reserves”

Metro recommends 15,700 acres of rural land to be reserved for future urban growth.

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15,700 of 29,100 acres of rural land around Portland were recommended by Metro as “urban reserves” to be set aside for inclusion in urban growth boundary. Chief Administrator Michael Jordan calls the recommendations a “middle ground” for the highly debated plans to expand the urban area.

Jordan, the regional government’s chief operating officer, suggested future urbanization of large parcels in the Stafford area near Interstate 205, lands north and south of Hillsboro, outside Damascus and the Clackanomah area east of Gresham, among others.

Jordan told reporters Tuesday morning that he recommended against urbanizing the rural Helvetia area north of Highway 26 and Hillsboro, and against significant expansion of urban lands around Cornelius, Forest Grove and Oregon City.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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