Regional Land Use Plan Approved in Metro Portland

Much of the land use plan is focused on what will not be used -- areas set aside as urban preserves.

"Metro and the partner counties emerged with a plan that designates about 28,000 acres of urban reserves -- land where the urban growth boundary will eventually be expanded -- and slightly more than 272,000 acres of rural reserves that are set aside for farming, forestry and natural areas.

The reserves designations are intended to provide long-term certainty to the regional growth planning process. Farmers, the thinking goes, will be able to confidently make crop and equipment decisions knowing that urban development won't crowd them out for decades to come."

The plan passed in a split vote and still remains controversial among many in the area.

Full Story: Metro approves land-use blueprint for Portland-area growth

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