Urban Growth Boundary Expansion
On December 13, 2018, Metro Council voted to expand the region’s urban growth boundary to include the 1,232-acre Cooper Mountain urban reserve area. The Cooper Mountain area is anticipated to bring at least 3,760 housing units to the city over time, including a mix of single-family and multi-family homes.
The Metro Council will ultimately decide whether and where to expand the urban growth boundary. The Council is scheduled to vote in December.
For more information on Metro’s process and decision, visit www.oregonmetro.gov/ugb Opens a New Window. .
The city’s next step is to develop a community plan for Cooper Mountain.
Urban growth boundary: A line to control urban expansion into farm and forest lands and promote the efficient use of land, public facilities and services inside the boundary.
Urban reserve: An area of land suitable for accommodating new development during the next 50 years.
Cooper Mountain Urban Reserve Area: An approximately 1,200-acre area at the southwest corner of Beaverton. It is north of South Cooper Mountain, east of Grabhorn Road, south of Kemmer Road and west of the current Beaverton boundary. About 600 acres of the area are developable.
- The current transportation network is insufficient for the planned development. How will this be addressed?
- How will the planned transportation network be designed to make higher-elevation winter travel safer, avoid higher elevations or both?
- How will new development “respond to the land,” meaning taking into account natural resources such as upland habitat, creekside corridors and steep slopes?
- If the region is growing, why does it have to grow here?
- What are the Metro regional government’s requirements for density in the Cooper Mountain Urban Reserve area?
- When land is added to the urban growth boundary, will property owners’ taxes go up?
- When land in the urban reserve is annexed into Beaverton, what will be the effect on property taxes?
- If the “zoning” on a property is 5 homes per acre and half the property has natural resources on it, can the other half of the property be built at 10 homes per acre?
- When can community members express their opinion about the urban growth boundary expansion?