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State Review of Metro Reserves
Commission Hearings and Verbal Decisions

October 29, 2010
 
The Land Conservation and Development Commission held hearings on five days in late October to hear objections from 46 parties to the Metro Urban and Rural Reserve designations. On October 29, 2010, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the urban and rural reserve designations in Clackamas and Multnomah counties, and most of the urban reserve designations in Washington County.  Two urban reserve areas (representing about ten percent of the total in Washington County) were sent back by the Commission, one just north of the City of Cornelius and the other just north of Forest Grove.  The Commission directed Washington County and Metro to remove the urban reserve designation near Cornelius, and to reevaluate the one near Forest Grove.  The Commission indicated that the county and Metro may (they are not required to) add other areas as urban reserves to make up for any acreage lost in the Cornelius/Forest Grove areas.  As a result, the Commission also did not take final action on the rural reserve areas in Washington County in order to leave the county and Metro the flexibility to consider areas for urban reserve designation.  The Commission did also approve the overall amount of urban reserves in Washington County (and the rest of the region).
 
The commission’s final written order is expected to be issued in December.

DLCD Staff Report Released
Sept. 28, 2010
 
The Department of Land Conservation and Development issued a staff report today on its review of the Metro Urban and Rural Reserves. The report is at the link below.
 

Exceptions to Staff Report
Oct. 08, 2010

The deadline for filing exceptions to the above DLCD Staff Report was Friday, October 10, 2010. Those exceptions, which were sent to the department, are listed below. (NOTE: Some of these files are very large and may take some time to download.)
 
 
REF.
NAME 
00
James Law Group
7
Dale Burger
13
Dorothy Partlow
15      
Hank Skade
20      
John Burnham
24      
Kathy Blumenkron
33      
Robert Burnham
34      
Robert Zahler
000    
City of Sandy
4       
Coalition for a Prosperous Region
5       
Carol Chesarek
5       
Carol Chesarek – Amabisca
6       
Chris Maletis et al.
8       
Forest Park Neighborhood Association
11      
David Smith
12      
Donald Bowerman
14      
Elizabeth Graser-Lindsey
17      
Jim Irvine
19      
Audubon Society of Oregon
21      
John and Judy Cherry
22      
Joseph C. Rayhawk (Lower Springville)
23      
Joseph C. Rayhawk (Peterkort)
26      
1000 Friends of Oregon et al
29      
Michael Wagner
31      
Metropolitan Land Group
36      
Sandra Baker (Barker’s Five)
37      
Save Helvetia
38      
Steve and Kelli Bobosky
39     
Susan McKenna
41      
Thomas VanderZanden
44      
Cities of Tualatin and West Linn
45      
William Kaer
46
City of Wilsonville

Background Information
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:

Metro and County Decisions
Metro and the three counties recently used this new state tool to adopt both urban and rural reserves. Those local decisions now go to the state Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) for review.
 
For a copy of the decisions, please see the links below:

Objections for State Review
The deadline for filing objections to a county and/or Metro desicion was Thursday, July 14. Those objections, which were sent to the department for review, are listed below. (NOTE: Some of these files are very large and may take some time to download.)
 

REF.
 NAME
1
 Ann Culter
2
 Arthur Dummer
3
 Tualatin Riverkeepers
4
 Coalition for a Prosperous Region
5
 Carol Chesarek
6
 Chris Maletis et al.
7
 Dale Burger
8
 Forest Park Neighborhood Association
9
 David Hunnicutt
10
 Oregonians in Action
11
 David Smith
12
 Donald Bowerman et al.
13
 Dorothy Partlow
14
 Elizabeth Graser-Lindsey
15
 Hank Skade
16
 Jim Calcagno (Cal Farms)
17
 Jim Irvine
18
 Oregon Department of Agriculture et al.
19
 Audubon Society of Oregon
20
 John Burnham
21
 John and Judy Cherry
22
 Joseph C. Rayhawk (lower Springville)
23
 Joseph C. Rayhawk (Peterkort)
24
 Kathy Blumenkron
25
 Linda Peters
26
 1000 Friends of Oregon et al.
27
 Gary Gentemann
28
 Melissa Jacobsen
29
 Michael Wagner
30
 Michael Cropp
31
 Metropolitan Land Group 
32
 City of Portland
33
 Robert Burnham
34
 Robert Zahler
35
 Coalition for a Livable Future
36
 Sandra Baker (Barker’s Five) 
37
 Save Helvetia 
38
 Steve and Kelli Bobosky
39
 Susan McKenna
40
 VanderZanden Farms
41
 Thomas VanderZanden
42
 Tim O'Callaghan
43
 Tom Szambelan
44
 Cities of Tualatin and West Linn
45
 William Kaer
46
 City of Wilsonville

State Review / Overall Schedule
The Metro and county decisions were submitted to DLCD on June 23, 2010. The following is a schedule for the state review of those decisions.
 

Deadline for Filing ObjectionsJuly 14, 2010
DLCD Staff Report September 28, 2010
Exceptions to DLCD Staff ReportOctober 8, 2010 (5 p.m.)
Hearing to Review Metro's and Counties' DecisionsOctober 19-22, 2010 LCDC Meeting
 
For more information on the state's review of the Metro and county decisions, please contact DLCD regional representatives Jennifer Donnelly at (971) 673-0963; or Anne Debbaut at (971) 673-0965.