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Special Metro/LO meeting set

Lake Oswego will host an overview of Metro and state upgrades to planning practices Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Library at 706 Fourth St.

Lake Oswego Mayor Judie Hammerstad and Metro Councilor Brian Newman will review two programs now key to land use planning: The New Look and the Big Look.

The Big Look, a senate-mandated overview of Oregon planning programs, is probing the state's current programs and land use needs, as well as the responsibilities of state and local governments. It also looks at land use issues inside and outside the urban growth boundary, which nets developable land in the tri-county region.

The New Look is Metro's collaborative effort to find new, creative ways to absorb a million new residents in this region in the next 25 years.

The program by Hammer-stad and Newman is part of World Town Planning Day, which recognizes planning for communities in 30 countries annually on Nov. 8.