Urban and Rural Reserves

Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Metro and Washington County are leading a regional effort to designate urban and rural reserves to accommodate future growth and protect valuable farmland, forest land and natural areas that define the character of this region.

Urban and rural reserves will provide greater predictability for landowners, farmers and communities about where the urban growth boundary may expand over the next 40 to 50 years, while protecting important farmland and natural areas from urbanization for that same period of time.

This process for designating reserves offers the region greater flexibility in determining which areas are more suitable for accommodating growth, and which areas are needed to maintain the viability of the agriculture and forest industries in the region or protect natural landscape features that help define the region for its residents.


Ordinance Amending Urban and Rural Reserves Exhibit 2 Findings Adopted 4/28/11

Factors Analysis and Area Maps: Recommendations from the Citizens Advisory Committee and County Staff