Senate Bill 1011, enacted by the 2007 Oregon Legislature, enables Metro and metro-area counties to designate "urban and rural reserves." The reserves identify:
(a) what lands might become urbanized in the future (if there is a need); and
(b) what lands will be left in a rural setting over the long-term.
The purpose of this program is to allow Metro and other local governments to plan for efficient future development patterns, while at the same time giving farmers and others certainty about what areas will not
be urbanized and that will remain available as farm or forest lands.
For copies of the legislation authorizing Metro and the counties to adopt reserves, and the state rules implementing that legislation, please see the links below: