Court Ruling on Metro Urban/Rural Reserves Expected Thursday

Christian Gaston
The Oregonian
Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:28am

The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to rule Thursday on a court case challenging the 50-year growth plan the Portland region adopted in 2010.

What the court says about the plan could determine the outcome of a major piece of legislation Oregon lawmakers are working on that would redraw the map that local governments agreed upon.

If the court throws out the regional plan, pressure may build for the Legislature to act during its short 35-day session, clearing the way for developers and planners to move forward with efforts to urbanize 2,000 acres in Washington County.

But if the court approves the plan, it could hamper lawmakers’ efforts to set aside controversial farmland in the Helvetia area north of Hillsboro as a rural reserve, protected from development.

The court announced on its website that it would rule on the case Thursday. The environmentalists and developers who sued could appeal the court's ruling to the Oregon Supreme Court.

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