Portlanders love their urban growth boundary
By Suzanne Stevens
For all the angst Portland's urban growth boundary can cause developers or economic development boosters seeking developable land, the tightly managed band enjoys broad support in the region.
Seventy percent of residents in the region say new development should happen in cities, preserving farmland for agricultural uses, according to DHM's 2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey. Just 23 percent of respondents believe development should happen outside the UGB and a meager 19 percent said laws should be changed to allow more development.
The survey was sponsored by Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University. The results were summed up in this Metro News article following a presentation to the Metro Council.
As for the top issues government should address, residents in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, the three counties governed by Metro, said economic development and unemployment were Nos. 1 and 2 on a list of 20 services. At the bottom of the list? Subsidies and tax breaks to be used as economic development incentives.
"They want jobs at the top," said Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, according to the Metro News report," and they want to pay for them at the bottom."
Other highlights from Metro-area respondents:
- 61 percent favor stronger regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- More than 75 percent say water protection should be a priority.
- More than 33 percent said building public infrastructure should be a priority.
- 49 percent want to see investment in new roads.
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