Urban Growth Boundary Expansion
Cooper Mountain Urban Growth Boundary Expansion
There is limited land for new neighborhoods within the current Portland region urban growth boundary. South Cooper Mountain, the city’s current area for developing new larger neighborhoods, is expected to be mostly complete in five years.
To ensure we have an adequate supply housing in the future, Beaverton is applying to add South Cooper Mountain Urban Reserve to the urban growth boundary, which will allow new neighborhoods, roads and city services to be added to the area.
This step is being taken now because:
- We are experiencing a housing shortage that contributes to rising prices and affordability challenges. Planning ahead for new units can help prevent the problem from getting worse.
- South Cooper Mountain (just to the south of the urban reserve) already has 1,852 home lots approved, 725 houses under construction or permitted and others developments on the way. It likely will be built out and not have developable land available by 2023.
- Adding land to the growth boundary takes a long time. If the application is successful, it will likely be 7 to 10 years before a significant number of houses are built.
- UGB expansion applications of this size are only accepted every six years.
The city sent a letter to Metro in December 2017 indicating our interest in applying for an urban growth boundary expansion. At the same time, the city sent letters to all property owners regarding the urban growth boundary expansion process and notified Washington County, neighboring cities and other agencies that provide services, such as Clean Water Services, Tualatin Valley Water District, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and others.
May 31, 2018: City submits an application for the urban growth boundary expansion to Metro.
Beaverton sent letters to all property owners in December. It has also notified Washington County, neighboring cities and other agencies that provide services, such as Clean Water Services, Tualatin Valley Water District, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and others.
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 Graborn Road, south of Kemmer Road and west of the current Beaverton boundary. About 600 acres of the area are developable.