Clackamas County, Metro, cities to celebrate agreement on Stafford area urban reserves at June 28 signing ceremony


Update: An earlier version of this press release provided an incorrect time for the event. The copy below has been corrected. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 28. Additional event details have also been added.

Senior elected officials from Metro, Clackamas County, and the cities of Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn will come together at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, to sign an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on potential future urbanization of the Stafford area in unincorporated Clackamas County. The event will take place in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room (Room 409), Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

The agreement was worked out over several months as part of the process of finally approving urban and rural reserves in Clackamas County. The Stafford area – generally north of I-205; surrounded by the cities of West Linn, Tualatin and Lake Oswego – was approved as urban reserve in 2010.

On May 23, the County Board of Commissioners approved the IGA, as well as an ordinance to adopt findings that affirm the designation of urban and rural reserves in the metro region, in response to a remand from the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development in 2014 on findings from the urban and rural reserves process implemented by Metro, and Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties from 2008-10.

All five parties to the IGA have now approved the document. The signing ceremony will include signatures by leading elected officials from each jurisdiction:

  • Tom Hughes, President, Metro Council
  • Jim Bernard, Chair, Clackamas County Board of Commissioners
  • Jeff Gudman, Councilmember, City of Lake Oswego
  • Lou Ogden, Mayor, City of Tualatin
  • Russell Axelrod, Mayor, City of West Linn

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Manager Tim Heider at 503-742-5911 or