How was the Urban Reserves Study Area determined?

The Urban Reserves Study Area was developed consistent with state guidelines. In general, it includes all land within at least a one-mile radius of the urban growth boundary, with a few notable exceptions: the study area ends at Interstate 5 and at the McKenzie River, and extends up to 1.5 miles where there are contiguous Priority 1 Exception Areas/Non-Resource Land that go beyond the one-mile radius. The study area also extends beyond 1.5 miles where the Metro Plan Boundary or contiguous public lands are present. In November 2019, the study area was expanded to include additional land when suitability analysis results showed there was not enough developable land identified in the study area for a 30-year Urban Reserve option. Staff evaluated possible expansion areas and with input from a variety of stakeholder groups identified the area around Fisher Road and Highway 126 as a logical expansion of the study area. See the project page for more information.

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1. How was the Urban Reserves Study Area determined?
2. What is the Land Supply Model?
3. What types of land are considered ‘natural resource and natural hazard’ and ‘occupied’?
4. If land is categorized as ‘occupied,’ does that mean it is protected from future development?
5. What do the priority categories in the Study Area mean?
6. Did you consider things like existing road conditions and future traffic in your analysis?
7. What else was considered in the suitability analysis?
8. Return to Urban Reserves Web Page