If regional government agency Metro decides to expand the urban growth boundary this year, south Hillsboro is an obvious choice for new development.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan has recommended that policy makers expand the urban growth boundary to include 310 acres for large industry.
Those recommendations will be measured by the Metro Council, responsible for expanding the growth boundary that separates homes, office complexes and shopping centers from rural farms and forests. Projections suggest another 1million people may flood the Portland area in the next 20 years. Depending on how many people actually arrive, there may be enough vacant and redevelopable land within the existing boundary to meet demand, Jordan said.
Should regional leaders plan for a high-growth residential scenario, Jordan recommends looking most closely at adding 1,063 acres known as South Hillsboro. Other areas for consideration: the Maplelane area east of Oregon City, the Advance area east of Wilsonville, land west of Sherwood and acreage south of Cornelius.
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