All eyes are on Metro, and they have some important decisions to make in the coming months. Housing shortage is still a hot topic on the Portland area and a number of cities have submitted proposals to Metro asking for UGB expansions in their respective jurisdictions.

Cities requesting UGB expansion have been asked by Metro to include in their proposals various items such as the housing needs of the people in the region, that development in the proposed area is possible and how the necessary infrastructure improvements will be paid for.

In total, four cities have submitted proposals that would expand greater Portland’s footprint by 2,181 acres with a total potential for around 9,200 new home sites.

Name of urban reserve Gross acres Buildable acres Homes planned
Beaverton Cooper Mountain 1,242 600 3,760
Hillsboro Witch Hazel Village South 150 75 850
King City Beef Bend South 528 400 3,300
Wilsonville Advance Road (Frog Pond) 271 192  1,325

Dates to remember (subject to change)

  • July 3, 2018: Metro releases Urban Growth Report, with analysis of the existing growth boundary, growth trends and expansion options.
  • Sept. 4, 2018: Metro’s Chief Operating Officer recommendation.
  • Sept. 12, 2018: Metro Policy Advisory Committee recommendation to the Metro Council.
  • Sept. 20 and 27, 2018: Metro Council public hearings and direction to staff.
  • Dec. 6, 2018: Metro Council public hearing.
  • Dec. 13, 2018: Metro Council decision on growth boundary expansion.