Some good news for fans of transportation planning, and regional planning in general.
Two bills have passed both the Oregon House and Senate and are headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.
One will give Metro an additional two years to process the next Urban Growth Boundary review. The other will give Metro the ability to establish both urban reserves (areas we expect the urban area to grow into in the future) and rural reserves (areas we expect to keep in agricultural or natural resource use permanently).
Why is this good news for transportation planning? It stops a mindless by-the-numbers expansion of the UGB next year (when we still haven’t found the resources to plan or build infrastructure for the last two cycles of expansion areas) and by doing the long-term planning to figure out future directions for urbanization, we can have a much more thoughtful long-term process to build transportation infrastructure to serve those areas.