Metro President Tom Hughes: Transportation Study Shows the Value of Options

Give people transportation options, and people will use them. This makes a whole region's transportation system more effective, writes Metro Council President Tom Hughes in an op-ed published by the Oregonian on November 6.

Boundaries and Connections: Land Use Leadership Initiative Tours the UGB

Among the most well-known of Oregon’s land use planning tools, urban growth boundaries help ensure efficient growth while protecing the productivity of working farms and forests. But how effectively are they working in Oregon today? Last Friday, August 17, our Land Use Leadership Initiative participants went right to the edge to find out.

State Lines, Stark Contrasts: Report Charts Rural Sprawl in Greater Portland

A new report from Sightline Institute explores the spread and prevalence of rural sprawl in the Portland region. The conclusion: clear evidence of the impact of wise land use planning, with rural sprawl far more widespread in Clark County, Washington, than in Oregon's share of the metro region.

Jackson County Commissioners Adopt Regional Plan Changes

The Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving plan (RPS) is one step closer to final adoption. On Wednesday, June 27, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt all of the revisions recommended by the state Land Conservation and Development Commission.

Vast Majority of Americans Report Support for Planning

A substantial majority of Americans believe good planning is essential to help their communities through the economic recovery.  And their priorities for their communities' future include access to local businesses, sidewalks, transit, and parks above other features.

DLCD Recommends Partial Remand of Portland Metro UGB

Nick Christensen
Metro News
Fri, 04/20/2012 (All day)

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development has recommended that the Land Conservation and Development Commission remand portions of an 2,000-acre regional urban growth boundary expansion adopted by Metro in 2011.

Livability Partners Urge Metro to Reject Flawed Survey

1000 Friends co-signed a letter to the Metro Council on January 17, urging Councilors to reconsider and disavow a flawed "Opt In" survey on transportation and infrastructure priorities. 18 organizations and individuals from across the business, livability and environmental sectors signed the letter, which was spearheaded by the Coalition for a Livable Future.

Jackson County Regional Plan Enters Crucial Phase

In November 2011, after eight years of work and nearly two more years of public hearings, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved, or "adopted", the Greater Bear Creek Regional Problem Solving Plan (RPS), which will guide growth for six Jackson County cities for the next fifty years.

1000 Friends Calls For Realistic Industrial Lands Plan in Central Oregon

On Wednesday, December 21, 1000 Friends of Oregon appealed a decision by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners to designate up to 1,900 acres in Central Oregon for large-lot industrial expansion, along with expensive taxpayer-funded road, water and sewer line improvements. 

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