Workshops, conference solicit public opinion on urban growth boundary
The need for an urban growth boundary to preserve farmland will be debated by Metro Executive Director Mike Burton and property rights activist Dave Hunnicutt at the beginning of a regional conference, town hall and series of community workshops set for March 15 and 16.
Metro, the region's elected government, wants public comment on how well the area is growing. The forums are part of a lengthy review process that will culminate in a December vote on whether and where to expand the urban growth boundary, which divides urban and rural lands.
The March 15 conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It will feature panel discussions and interactive sessions on the choices facing the elected Metro Council.
Speakers include elected officials, developers, environmentalists, no-growth advocates and property rights activists.
Registration fees range from $25 for the luncheon speech to $100 for the full day; scholarships are available. Call 503-259-0739 for information.
KGW (8) will broadcast a town hall meeting on growth issues at 7 p.m. on March 15. Participation is by invitation only.
A series of related workshops will be held throughout the region the next day, March 16. Portland's will take place during the third annual Neighborhood Association Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cleveland High School, 3400 S.E. 26th Ave.
The workshops are free.
Metro also has scheduled a series of Saturday afternoon bus tours to innovative development projects, regional parks and green spaces, transit-oriented development projects, fish-friendly 'green' streets and the urban growth boundary. They will leave from community workshops and cost $5 for adults. Children ages 8 to 18 can ride free.