Board of County Commissioners to hold multi-part public hearing on urban reserves this month


The Board of County Commissioners will hold a multi-part public hearing on the Portland metropolitan area urban and rural reserves at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19. The hearing will be extended to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, if needed.

All parts of the hearing will be held in the Board Hearing Room on the fourth floor of the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The hearing is needed to address proposed findings developed to respond to a remand from the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development regarding the Portland metropolitan area urban and rural reserves decision that was adopted by the county in 2010.

Interested parties are invited to attend to listen or to share their comments with the board. People are also welcome to submit comments to Senior Planner Martha Fritzie via email or regular mail via the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.

The purpose of the hearing and expected board action is not to revisit the regionally agreed-upon map of urban and rural reserves from 2010. The Stafford area (an unincorporated area generally north of I-205; surrounded by the cities of West Linn, Tualatin and Lake Oswego) was approved as urban reserve in 2010, and the remand does not change that designation.

In order for urban and rural reserves to be finalized in Clackamas County, both the Board of County Commissioners and Metro Council must adopt revised findings that provide additional information about transportation infrastructure that could be provided in the Stafford area if the area were urbanized in the future. The Metro Council held two hearings in March and is expected to act on the revised findings on April 13.

The findings proposed for adoption, as well as additional background information, are available for review on the county website. The board is expected to take final action in May.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Martha Fritzie at 503-742-4529.