Metro Council is holding a public hearing in Portland to discuss and hear from the public on two important land use topics: regional housing and employment capacity, and a proposed biogas plant in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland.

Metro has been considering how to determine the region's capacity for housing, employment, and other land uses through 2030. If Metro determines there is a deficit in the 20-year supply, Metro can take two years to decide on how to make-up that deficit - through expanding the UGB, adopting measures to use land more efficiently, or a combination of both. The good news: Metro is not proposing a UGB expansion in 2010. However, the ordinance before Metro sets the stage for a UGB expansion in 2011. Metro assumes there will be a need for yet more farm land for housing and large-lot industrial uses.

We encourage you to make your voice heard at the Metro Council meeting December 9, from 5:30-7:00pm, at the Metro Regional Center Council Chambers, 900 NE Grand in Portland. A final public hearing is set for December 16. For more information and ideas to support your testimony, see http://www.friends.org/about/portlandmetro.

Also on December 9, Metro will also hear from the public about a proposed food waste “digestion” facility in Cully neighborhood that will break down organic matter and produce a gas that can generate electricity and also a fertilizer that can be used in nurseries and agricultural operations. For more information on this proposal, please visit www.oregonmetro.gov/biogas.

Event Date: 
Thu, 12/09/2010 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm