Due to HBA laying the groundwork during Metro’s last UGB cycle review, Metro has altered some of their long held assumptions regarding land use and supply. Click here for more details on the changing process and timeline.
In 2015, Metro began making adjustments to their UGB process – beginning by committing to a full cycle review in 2018. HBA has been putting long time pressure on Metro by challenging their assumptions about capture rate, affordability, and housing type varieties. Through recent meetings with key Metro staff, it’s clear that HBA’s feedback has been influential to Metro’s changing process.
The first of which is Metro recently adopting proposed legislation that will allow cities to request smaller expansions for housing in between six year review cycles. Second, Metro is revising their six year full review process to address more of the above issues HBA and others have been pushing for. They are working to better integrate the actual market likelihood of land being developable. They will be bringing growth issues, including housing mix/preference as well as likelihood and impact of spillover into outlying communities, up front as policy decisions, rather than having them embedded in a prescribed model.
The Metro Technical Advisory Committee will be developing these new standards and Metro, as well as HBA, will be working closely with cities to line them up for the expansion queue. This new methodology will also allow cities to have more of a lead when it comes to expansion areas. While HBA plans to be a resource for cities, success for this new process is incumbent upon Metro working with cities adjacent to Urban Reserves to plan for expansion moving forward.