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Summer 2003


Land use -- Oregon, Regional planning -- Oregon, Cities and towns -- Growth -- Oregon


In this study we analyze the impact of the urban growth boundary on rural landscape change in Portland, Oregon, and Clark County, Washington,and assess the importance of rural and agricultural landscapes to residents of the rural-urban fringe. We selected five, 4-square mile areas in the greater Portland metropolitan area for the study. Four are in Oregon and cover the transition area from urban to rural land uses under different levels of pressure along the state-mandated and Metrodel ineated urban growth boundary. One is in the less regulated land use environment of Clark County, Washington. The kinds of questions we addressed include: How does the value of rural landscape as urban amenity vary between urban and rural areas? Between areas already experiencing significant land use change and those beginning to feel the pressure of development? Between a highly regulated land use environment such as that found on the Oregon side of the Greater Portland Metropolitan area and the more mixed use landscape of Clark County, Washington?


Cartography by J.W. Clark and Carolyn Collopy.

Originally appeared in the Summer 2003 edition of Metroscape®, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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