Each week, Tribune photographer looks at the week's news, through his photos.

STAFF PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL -        It's no secret that we're growing. Every day, it seems, there are more new homes, more construction and more residents in and around Hillsboro.

This year, Metro, the regional government, is considering a plan by five Washington County cities, including Hillsboro, to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to fit even more new construction into the area.

That was on my mind, this week, when I spotted this old farmhouse along Jackson School Road, north of Highway 26.

The cities say the expansions could accommodate more than 9,600 new homes over the next 20 years, along with parks, bike paths, public facilities and shops.

Hillsboro intends to ask for a 150-acre expansion in the area known as Witch Hazel Village South on the southern edge of the city. In a Dec. 27 letter, Planning Director Colin Cooper said the expansion can help accommodate 850 homes.

I liked this photo as I felt it was a showcase for what is happening across Washington County: This old abandoned rural farmhouse in the foreground and, in the distance, a freshly built neighborhood takes shape in North Plains near West Union Road.

There are more houses being planned in that same subdivision, and all across Washington County.

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