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Summer 2002


Regional planning -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Urban planning, Cities and towns -- Growth -- Oregon


Later this year the Metro Council will face a decision about expansion of the urban growth boundary (UGB). Reaching a verdict on that question will require negotiating the conflicts between the long term regional vision described in Metro's 2040 Plan, short-term economic fluctuations, and specific local concerns. Looking at possible tradeoffs and choices facing the region, panelists at a recent Metroscape™ forum on these topics were asked to discuss the connections among implementation, design, and market challenges involved in planning for the integration of open space with denser development in regional centers.

What follows are excerpts from a panel discussion that took place at Portland State University in April, 2002. The full transcript is available at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies' website ( Panelists represented diverse perspectives: regional and local planning, elected officials, design professionals, and advocates for different perspectives on growth management issues.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2002 edition of Metroscape®, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

Panelists: Nick Wilson, Kelly Ross, Mary Kyle McCurdy, Carl Hosticka, and moderator, John Provo

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