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Metro votes against expanding growth boundary

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE FOLDER - The Metro Council is scheduled to vote whether to expand the Urban Growth Boundary on Thursday.The Metro Council voted to not expand the Urban Growth Boundary where new development can occur in the region on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The council voted against expanding the UGB for the first time, despite the fact that 400,000 more people are expected to live and work within it over the next 20 years.

A resolution against expanding the UGB was supported by calculations showing there is currently enough buildable land within the boundary to accommodate the growth, provided local governments in the region complete their approved development plans and 123,000 additional housing units are built in Portland by 2035.

"We value planning for growth versus ignoring it. We invest in our existing communities and support jobs for growth, so we each have the opportunities to lead healthy, productive and enjoyable lives, while protecting the valuable farmland, forestland and natural features that shape our region," said Councilor Kathryn Harrington.

The decision was opposed by the Home Builders of Metropolitan Portland.

"In order to address housing demand and affordability, we need to make sure there is a short-term supply of housing in addition to a 20-year supply," the group wrote the council.

The Portland City Council will begin considering how to add 123,000 housing units over the next 20 years without sacrificing the city's highly touted livability next Thursday. That is the when the first hearing on updated Comprehensive Plan is scheduled. The Comp Plan — as it is commonly called — is a state-mandated land use document that shows where and how the city will grow over the next two decades.

The recommended update says 123,000 additional housing units can be built in Portland without harming livability if 80 percent are in multifamily buildings constructed primarily in downtown, designated urban centers, and along major transportation corridors. The remaining 20 percent would be constructed in existing residential neighborhoods.

The Metro Council agenda for the Nov. 12 meeting can be found here.

More information on the Comp Plan Update is available on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website at portlandoregon.gov/bps/57352.