Metro community grants include several green provisions

Metro's latest round of community grants will explore public transportation, among other sustainability strategies.

Metro's latest round of community grants will explore public transportation, among other sustainability strategies.

Metro, the area's regional government that focuses on a bevy of sustainability and planning issues, has issued a series of grants that, in some cases, could aid the environment.

The agency's council approved the $4 million in community planning and development grants Aug. 15.

The allotments included $123,000 for the Forest Grove Westside Planning Program. The offering calls for a "sustainability framework" within a land-use plan for the area. One idea calls for Forest Grove to borrow from an "eco-industrial site project" in Gresham.

Actually, backers of that project also received $100,000 for what's been dubbed the Gresham Vista Business Grant Park grant request. The partnership between the city of Gresham and Port of Portland aims to develop "a framework for eco-industrial development at the site, and a lessons-learned report to guide other industrial developments in the region."

Many of the grants call for city and area leaders to address stormwater and low-impact development in their work. That's true of the Forest Grove project as well as the Sherwood West Concept Plan, which received $221,139. Sherwood planners will use a sustainability lens as they explore a housing project in the southwest Portland suburb.

The same goes for $341,000 awarded for the Wilsonville Frog Pond/Advance Road Planning efforts.

Nearly $500,000 of the grants will go toward the cities of Gresham and Portland for the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project. The money could help create "a concept plan for the Inner Powell – Outer Division corridor that identifies a preferred transit mode and concept alignment, and potential transit station areas with the greatest development and placemaking opportunities."

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