First bullet: Rural reserves are a new concept in state land use law. The bill designated counties to be lead entities in development of rural reserve areas, subject to agreement between counties and Metro. Second bullet: The bill requires that urban reserves must be created in tandem with rural reserves. Third bullet: Reserve areas are designated through agreements between Metro and the counties.
First bullet This will have a tremendous impact on the landscape of the metropolitan area as Portland and surrounding communities seek to meet the demand for new housing and jobs that this presents. Second bullet: (1) Metro reviews and considers expanding the UGB every five years to meet a 20-year land supply requirement established in state law. The region is on a constant treadmill of having to look at adding new land to the UGB every five years when we’re having a hard time developing the land we just brought in. And though the requirements of state law are met, few are happy with the results. (2) We’re currently focused on soil types and exception lands as the bases for making UGB expansion decisions. That forces Metro to consider areas that may not be suitable for urbanization. It limits the region from considering growth in other areas where it makes sense and where communities support it. We need to consider other factors. (3) Without rural reserves, there are no guarantees or long-term protection for farmland or natural areas when future UGB expansion decisions are considered.
First bullet Urban reserves will be areas outside of the current urban growth boundary where it may make more sense for future development to occur over the next 40 to 50 years and where public services and facilities can be provided in a cost-effective manner. These are the areas that Metro will consider for future urban growth boundary expansions. Second bullet Rural reserves will be areas outside of the current UGB that, because of their value to the agricultural economy, or their unique natural resource features, or other considerations, will be set aside and protected from urban development during the same 40- to 50-year period. These are areas where the UGB will not be expanded during that time period.
[Handout available: summary of Shape of the Region study] In 2006, Metro collaborated with the three counties, with Oregon Department of Agriculture, and with DLCD on a comprehensive study that looked at these three issues: (read three sub-bullets) Three separate reports came out as part of that study. There is a handout available at this meeting that summarizes the findings of those reports. Second bullet: The research on the agricultural lands study, as well as the natural resources features inventory and the Great Communities report, will help inform the development of urban and rural reserves
[Handout: Key Milestones for Designating Urban and Rural Reserves] This chart illustrates the timeline and the major decision points throughout the urban and rural reserves study and designation process.
[Optional handout: Reserves Steering Committee diagram and membership list] A Reserves Steering Committee has been appointed to study potential reserve areas and develop recommendations on reserves designations for the Metro Council and the three county commissions. Center of diagram : As the Metro Council and the three county commissions must reach agreements on the reserve designations, their representatives on the steering committee are the decision-makers. Martha Schrader is Clackamas County’s representative on the committee. Kathryn Harrington is the Metro Council representative. These “Core 4” must reach unanimous agreement on the reserve designations across the region. Next outer ring: cities : There are seats for the two largest cities in each county as well as one seat per county for the smaller cities of those counties. Additionally, as the growth of the Metro region affects neighboring communities outside of Metro, they are represented as well Next outer rings: non-governmental stakeholders; state agencies : The Steering Committee also representatives of different stakeholder groups with an interest in growth management decision-making, and state agencies are also involved to coordinate the efforts of the Steering Committee with statewide goals and priorities.
Urban Rural Reserves Presentation
Planning for 50 years for the Portland Urban Growth Boundary Presented by: William T. Buckley
Senate Bill 1011 (2007) <ul><li>Authorized creation of rural reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Requires concurrent development of urban and rural reserves throughout Metro area </li></ul><ul><li>Requires Metro and counties to work together and agree on reserve designations </li></ul>
Will you, your Real Estate, or your Business be impacted by the next 50 years: <ul><li>Expansion of the Portland (Metro) Urban Growth Boundary? </li></ul><ul><li>Reservation of non-urban lands outside the Portland (Metro) Urban Growth Boundary? </li></ul><ul><li>Reservation of urban lands outside the Portland (Metro) Urban Growth Boundary </li></ul>
Needed: A New Approach to Growth Management <ul><li>Region’s population projected to grow by one million people over next 30 years </li></ul><ul><li>Current growth management system: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every 5 years Metro projects housing & land supply needs for next 20 years; a report recommends areas to bring into the UGB; local governments, citizens & groups comment; Metro moves the UGB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can lead to expansion in areas difficult to serve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not provide for long-term protection of rural areas </li></ul></ul>
The New Approach: Reserves <ul><li>Metro, and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties agree on urban and rural reserves for next 40-50 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Reserve : An area outside the current UGB that may be used for potential urban development in the next 40-50 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Reserve : An area outside the current UGB that cannot be used for urban development in the next 40-50 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The State has given Metro a 2-year extension of the 5-year UGB review to implement reserves </li></ul>
The Purpose of Reserves <ul><li>Shape what the region will look like over the next 40-50 years </li></ul><ul><li>Identify land needs to increase: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term protection of farmland, natural areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Predictability about location of future growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficiencies in services and infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Region-wide support for regional growth decisions </li></ul></ul>
Shape of the Region Study (2006) <ul><li>Reviewed land in the region, identifying: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lands functionally critical to the agricultural economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural landscape features that help define the region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Factors that enable development of sustainable and complete communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information will be used to help designate urban and rural reserves </li></ul>
Clackamas County Public Process <ul><li>Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations at community meetings, open houses, business meetings throughout the county </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive website with information and chance to share ideas, concerns; ask questions </li></ul>
Clackamas County Policy Advisory Committee <ul><li>Membership: 21 (7 from cities, 7 from CPOs/hamlets/villages, 7 representing other stakeholders -- agriculture, business, homebuilders, water services, environment, forestry) </li></ul><ul><li>Task: Recommend areas to study, and location of urban and rural reserves in Clackamas County to County Commission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represent interests of constituents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider and integrate interests, concerns and technical information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify common ground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop recommendations that meet state requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline: Active spring 2008 – summer 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings: Publicized and open to the public </li></ul>
The Process, Phases I-III <ul><li>Winter - spring 2008 : Introduction to reserves project; public involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Summer 2008 : Selection of areas to study for possible future reserve designation; public involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2008 - Spring 2009 : Analysis of reserve study areas; public involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2009 : Preliminary recommendations for areas to be designated as urban and rural reserves; public involvement </li></ul>
The Process, Phases IV-VI <ul><li>Spring - Summer 2009 : Urban and rural reserves recommended through intergovernmental agreements between counties and Metro; public involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2009 : Metro Council designates urban reserves in regional plan; Counties designate rural reserves in comprehensive land use plans; public involvement </li></ul><ul><li>2010 : Metro makes growth management decisions; public involvement </li></ul>
Goals for the Reserve Process <ul><li>Greater certainty about which areas will accommodate future growth </li></ul><ul><li>Increased long-term protection of agricultural, rural and natural areas </li></ul><ul><li>More region-wide support for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The process used to make regional growth decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The resulting regional growth decisions </li></ul></ul>
Urban and Rural Reserves Phase 3 Preliminary Public Meeting Schedule Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties and Metro invite residents of the Portland metropolitan area to attend public meetings to engage in the process of designating Urban and Rural Reserves. These meetings will take place around the region during the latter half of April. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the designation process; to consider both rural and urban candidate areas and the factors and processes used to identify them; and to share their insights. Here are the dates and locations scheduled so far: For more information contact Maria Sinclair at [email_address] or 503.797.1814 Please check the Metro website, www.oregonmetro.gov/reserves for updated meeting locations, dates and times. Washington and Clackamas Counties and Metro Two additional meetings will likely be scheduled, one in Clackamas Co. and one in Washington Co. To be determined Multnomah County & Metro Linnton Community Center, 10614 NW Saint Helens Rd., Portland April 27, 6 – 8 pm Washington County and Metro Tigard High School, 9000 SW Durham Rd., Tigard April 22, 5 – 7 pm Metro, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties Sam Barlow High School, 9000 SE 302 nd Ave., Gresham April 20, 5 – 7 pm Multnomah County and Metro Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland April 18, 9 am – 12 pm Washington County and Metro Neil Armstrong Middle School, 1777 Mountain View Lane, Forest Grove April 16, 5 - 7 pm Clackamas Country and Metro Oregon City area, location TBD April 14 or 15, 5 - 7 pm Lead Sponsors Location Date/Time
Q and A <ul><li>In Conclusion… </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>