Portland Approves Plan to Preserve Large Areas as Rural

Portland, Oregon is already known for having a strict policy regarding its urban growth boundary. A new 50-year plan designates large rural reserves, while also holding large areas as urban reserves for possible future development.

The state Land Conservation and Development Commission approved the bill late last week with little controversy. Eric Mortenson of The Oregonian says that the plan was developed in concert with Metro, the regional transportation agency, and..

"...was intended to replace the bitter arguments that erupt every five years when Metro expands the urban growth boundary. By establishing reserves, the region makes it clear where growth will occur and how land will be used for decades to come.

Backers of the idea say it allows cities, school districts and utilities to make infrastructure decisions."

Full Story: Metro area's 50-year growth plan wins state approval; designates urban and rural 'reserves'

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