Stafford area residents invited to learn about and comment on Clackamas County / Metro reserves efforts


On Feb. 23, Clackamas County will host a public meeting to update the Stafford area community about joint county / Metro efforts to resolve remaining issues related to urban and rural reserves.

The community forum on urban and rural reserves will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at Athey Creek Middle School, 2900 SW Borland Road in West Linn. All interested parties are welcome to attend. 

The agenda will include a presentation by county planning staff and a time for comments, questions and answers with the public. County commissioners are also expected to attend the event to listen and respond to questions.

In January, the Board of Commissioners took action to work with Metro and other partners to resolve remaining issues related to urban and rural reserves land use designations. Specifically, the commission directed staff to supplement and finalize the findings related to the four urban reserves in the Stafford area.

The reserves status of the Stafford area – unincorporated land between the cities of West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tualatin – has been in limbo since the state Land Conservation and Development Commission remanded the designation of the area back to Clackamas County and Metro following the Oregon Court of Appeals decision in 2014.

The county and Metro are working with the Stafford area community (including the Stafford Hamlet, Stafford CPO and Stafford Landowners Association), area business groups and adjacent cities to finalize revised findings related to the Stafford urban reserves. 

Metro Council will hold public hearings on the revised findings on March 2 and 16; the County Commission has scheduled its first public hearing for April 12.

The urban and rural reserves process, which started in 2008, was meant to create a 50-year roadmap for growth in the greater Portland urban area. Urban reserve areas will be the first candidates for urban growth boundary expansion through 2060. Rural reserve areas will be protected as farms and forests in that same time frame. The Metro Council, Clackamas County, and Washington and Multnomah counties agreed on an urban and rural reserve plan in 2010.

Details about the county’s process going forward will be available online. More information about urban and rural reserves is available from Metro