Metro's Chief Operating Officer: Don't Expand the UGB

Mary Kyle McCurdy

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the recommendation of Metro's Chief Operating Officer that Metro not expand the regional urban growth boundary (UGB) in 2015, but instead focus on how to grow better inside the UGB. The recommendation points out that the region has enough land inside the UGB for the next 20 years' worth of population and employment growth, and then states:

"It is time for our region to move on from the land supply debate and consider actions that will:

  • Improve wages;
  • Reduce transportation costs;
  • Provide a greater variety of housing choices that match people’s budgetary realities;
  • Make the most of land already inside the UGB.

Metro’s Equitable Housing Initiative is aimed at making sure that the region’s communities remain affordable to all, but success will entail coordinated work by the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors."

The Metro Council will take the COO's recommendation into consideration and make its decision later this fall. 1000 Friends' staff has worked diligently on both the technical aspects of the UGB evaluation and to ensure that diverse communities throughout the region have a voice in this decision. 1000 Friends looks forward to continuing our work to achieve the goals of affordable neighborhoods, transportation choices, and  a healthy economy in a way that is equitable and inclusive.

Read the full recommendation here