Metro poised to open 2,200 acres for development

Metro poised to open 2,200 acres for development

The Metro Council is set to vote Thursday on whether to open 2,200 acres in Washington and Clackamas counties for development.

The council is poised to accept expansion proposals in Beaverton, Hillsboro, King City and Wilsonville. Together, the expansions are expected to account for 6,100 new houses and 3,100 apartments.

It would be the first expansion of the urban growth area since 2014. It’s also the largest since 2002, when 17,000 acres were added. That expansion included swaths of North Bethany, now a site of intense development, and Damascus, where residents have resisted urbanization.

The urban growth decision is often contentious, with environmental groups squaring off against homebuilders in debates over the minutiae of population and development forecasts.

The lead-up to this year’s decision has been comparatively quiet. That’s in part because of a new approach, pushed by outgoing Metro Council President Tom Hughes, that required cities seeking to expand to develop conceptual plans ahead of the decision.

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