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."