Clackamas County Board set to act on urban reserves May 11; public input welcome at the meeting


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will take action on May 11 on an ordinance to approve findings affirming the designation of urban and rural reserves in the metro region.

At the same meeting, the Board will review and take action on an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the county, Metro and the cities of West Linn, Tualatin and Lake Oswego on potential future urbanization of the Stafford area in unincorporated Clackamas County.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed ordinance and the proposed IGA at the May 11 business meeting, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room on the fourth floor of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd., Oregon City.

The ordinance approving the remand will include a reference to the IGA, assuming that the IGA is approved by all parties.

This action 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.

The purpose of the 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 would 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.

Metro Council held two hearings in March and approved the revised findings April 13. Clackamas County hearings were held April 12, 19 and 26.

The findings and IGA proposed for adoption are available on the May 11 meeting packet. Additional background information is available on the reserves webpage.

For more information, contact Tim Heider at or 503-742-5911.