First Hearing Scheduled on New Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Process

From the LOC Bulletin

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has scheduled a first hearing to discuss an alternative process cities would use to expand their Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). [Under Oregon law, each of the state’s cities and metropolitan areas has created an urban growth boundary around its perimeter – a land use planning line to control urban expansion onto farm and forest lands.]

The LCDC will hear public testimony about the first draft and staff report on September 24. The new UGB process is a result of legislation the League of Oregon Cities worked to pass in 2013, and the new program is intended to help growing cities evaluate and expand their UGBs faster than the current method.

This process is based on research of development patterns of land brought into cities in the past. The League has been involved in developing these new rules, focusing on ensuring an expedited process that is less likely to result in appeals. The draft that the LCDC will be reviewing at the meeting is not complete, but will allow those who are interested in the new option to see much of the framework and express any concerns or support.

The meetings of the Land Conservation and Development Commission are open to the public. Persons wishing to participate may address the commission during the agenda item ´Public Comment´ and other designated agenda items. Persons wishing to address the commission should consult the meeting agenda for further information. All meetings in Salem are held in the Basement Hearing Room in the Agriculture Building (635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR). View a live stream of the Salem meetings here.

Recent UGB News

In Eugene (July 2015) Envision Eugene growth strategy approved by City Council; Lane County approval needed next : The Eugene City Council on Monday voted 6-2 to endorse a multipart proposal that would allow the city to meet the state requirements to assure enough land for future single-family homesites.”

In Portland-area (September 2015) Willey, Hughes spar over UGB expansion : Under Oregon’s land use planning requirements, urban growth boundaries are supposed to accommodate housing and employment needs for years. Based on forecasts in a draft 2014 report, Bennett has recommended that the council should not expand the boundary now. Willey disagrees with the projections in the report. “We didn’t like the math that went into the formula,” he said.”

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