House Bill 2095, the bill produced from Metro’s UGB task force, recently passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and will now move to a vote on the House floor.
The HBA of Portland played an important role in drafting the legislative principles of the bill as a member of Portland Metro Council’s UGB Readiness Taskforce.
The Oregon House will soon vote on legislation from Portland’s Metro Council regarding the urban growth boundary as it pertains to a 20-year buildable land supply. Throughout 2016, an Urban Growth Readiness Task Force including HBA representative Jeff Smith convened to develop ideas on how to improve the region’s management of residential growth. In January, the Metro Council passed a resolution accepting the Task Force’s recommendations. The key points in the recommendations were:
- Cities that propose residential UGB expansions should demonstrate that they are already using best practices for providing needed housing in established urban areas, as well as in proposed expansion sites.
- In addition to the standard six-year cycle for the growth management decision process, changes in state law should be pursued to allow for mid-cycle decisions. These decisions would be capped at a total of 1,000 gross acres per mid-cycle decision.
- Instead of the Council being required to asses all urban reserves, in mid-cycle decisions they should be able to choose from the concept-planned urban reserves being proposed by expansion from cities.
The second and third recommendations need to be implemented through changes to state law. This has come to fruition in House Bill 2095, which recently passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and will now move to a vote on the House floor. You can find the legislation here.
HBA will be working with our State Association, OHBA, to support the passage of this bill as it moves to the House and then the Senate.