Metro (Or.)

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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, City planning -- Oregon -- Porland Metropolitan Area, Land use -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Regional planning -- Oregon


Rich in natural resources, this place where we live has been compared to paradise. "Eden’s Gate," as the Willamette Valley was called, provides a lifestyle, economy and culture that is deeply rooted in the environment. Just as we honor preceding generations for their foresight in protecting Forest Park, the Columbia Gorge and the ocean shore, so will future generations judge us by our efforts to protect the nature of this region. One of the most effective ways to protect our environment, both the built and the natural worlds we inhabit, is by planning for the future. That's exactly the focus of the 2040 Growth Concept, Metro’s long- range growth management strategy. ("2040" comes from the idea of planning 50 years ahead – from the year 1990.) Planning our future based on what's important to us makes sense. The residents of this region have consistently said that the natural beauty here and comfortable feel of our communities are important to them.

The 2040 Growth Concept reflects the things the people who live here value most: Future generations will judge us by our efforts to protect the nature of this region. Planning that protects the nature of the region Our air quality can be measured by whether we can see Mt. Hood. Our ability to continue to enjoy the view of the mountain, visible from just about anywhere in the region, may well indicate whether we've succeeded or failed in our efforts to balance our concerns for the environment with our need to live and flourish in this region.

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