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Metro starts UGB deliberations Thursday

Forest Grove, Cornelius and Hillsboro hope to expand, but with other cities vying for elbow room it's not clear how many municipalities will win the urban-growth lottery this year

Hot on the heels of the state's approval of a regional plan that set aside urban and rural reserves, the Metro council is poised to tackle the next big picture planning puzzle.

Where should the region's urban growth boundary be expanded?

There are lots of ideas. Cornelius wants land to the southeast of town. Forest Grove is hoping for land to the north. Hillsboro wants more land to develop for homes and jobs.

The Metro council will hold two meetings to decide the issue.

The first of two public hearings will be held this Thursday, Oct. 6, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Beaverton Library, located at 12375 SW Fifth St. The second public hearing, at which the Metro Council is expected to vote, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 2 p.m. at Metro, in Portland.

The council is set to decide the fate of the UGB on Oct. 20.