Area 93



Area 93 Community Plan Open House 

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Sunset High School, Commons Area
13840 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR

The kickoff Area 93 Community Plan Open House was held on April 10.  More than 80 citizens attended.  Stations were set up for participants to get information and provide comments on Existing Conditions, Transportation, Natural Resources, Service Providers and the Multnomah County Concept Plan.  Attendees provided valuable comments about the Area 93 Community Planning.

 Please visit our Virtual Open House

You can provide additional feedback on the Virtual Open House Survey and review maps and handouts that were displayed at the April 10 Open House.

Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the comments and considering next steps.

In 2002, the Metro Council approved adding Area 93 into the Urban Growth Boundary to provide needed housing units to accommodate a forecasted population increase in the region.  At that time, Area 93 was located in Multnomah County.  In 2009, Multnomah County drafted a Concept Plan for the urban development of Area 93 based on public input from open houses and charrettes, but the plan was never finalized.

In 2013, state legislation (Oregon House Bill 3067) established a process for the transfer of Area 93 from Multnomah County to Washington County.  The Area 93 transfer to Washington County became effective on January 1, 2014. 

Washington County has begun background work on the planning for the urban development of Area 93, building upon the planning work that was started by Multnomah County.  We want to hear from you before going further.

At the Open House for Area 93 Community Plan, you can:

  • Learn more about the planning process for Area 93 in Washington County
  • Review information about Area 93, including its natural resources and transportation needs
  • Comment on the Concept Plan developed through the Multnomah County process
  • Provide input about principles, goals, and working assumptions that will guide development of the community

Staff will be available to talk with you about these topics. There are no formal presentations, so drop in anytime between 4:30 and 7 p.m.


If you can't attend the Open House, you can also review the same information and complete an online comment form on the project's website, between April 10 and April 24, 2014.

You can also sign up to receive e-mailed updates through the eSubscriptions by subscribing through the this web page  -


For more information, please see the notice that was mailed to area residents. 




  • Effective January 1, 2014, Area 93 officially becomes part of Washington County. Welcome to our new residents! We distributed a media release on December 31, 2013 acknowledging the county boundary change. Planning for Area 93 will begin in Spring 2014, and we’ll be keeping you updated as that effort advances.
  • December 12, 2013 – We recently sent a “Welcome to Washington County” mailer to all Area 93 property owners. It includes welcome letters from the Washington County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Pat Garrett, and includes information on public services provided by Washington County and other agencies.  On January 7, 2014, the Washington County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on the annexation of Area 93 into Washington County’s Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) and Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD). More information about these districts is available in the Welcome mailer.
  • On October 22, 2013, the Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted A-Engrossed Ordinance 775, which will apply Washington County's interim FD-20 land use district (Future Development; 20-acre minimum parcel size) to Area 93 properties. This change will take effect on January 1, 2014 when Area 93 officially transfers from Multnomah County to Washington County.  You can review this Fact Sheet for additional information about A-Engrossed Ordinance 775 and the additional planning steps needed in order to adopt permanent land use districts in Area 93.
  • On September 26, 2013, Gov. Kitzhaber signed a proclamation approving the January 1, 2014 transfer of Area 93 from Multnomah County to Washington County as provided in House Bill 3067.
  • The Washington and Multnomah County Boards approved the Area 93 Transfer Plan Agreement on August 27 and 29, respectively. The boundary change is on schedule to become effective on January 1, 2014. See our media release for more information.


  • On August 15, the Metro Council awarded Washington County a $122,605 Community Planning and Development grant to fund Washington County's concept planning for Area 93.  The planning is expected to kick off in Spring 2014 and to last for approximately 20-24 months.  Click here for an overview of the anticipated Washington County planning process.


  • Washington County's Board of Commissioners is scheduled to act on the Area 93 Transfer Plan Agreement at its August 27 meeting (meeting agenda will be posted online by August 20). Multnomah County's Board of Commissioners is scheduled to act on the agreement at its August 29 meeting. When the agreement has been adopted, both counties will jointly notify the Governor, who will issue a proclamation declaring the boundary change approved. The effective date of the transfer from Multnomah County to Washington County will be midnight on January 1, 2014.

    In anticipation of the boundary change, Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation recently filed Ordinance 775, which proposes to apply Washington County's interim FD-20 land use district (Future Development; 20-acre minimum parcel size) to Area 93. If approved, the new land use designation would also take effect on January 1, 2014. Area 93 property owners were mailed a notice of the ordinance on August 9. The cover letter attached to Ordinance 775 provides dates and times for initial public hearings on the ordinance before Washington County's Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners. You can also review this Fact Sheet for additional information on this proposed land use change.  


  • The bi-county Transfer Plan Committee met on Thursday, July 25, in The Commons at the French American International School, 8500 NW Johnson St. , Portland . The four-member Committee is comprised of two members from each county governing body:

Washington County


Multnomah County

Chair Andy Duyck


Chair Jeff Cogen

 Greg Malinowski


 Deborah Kafoury


      As shown in the agenda for the meeting, the Committee intends to review and consider recommending a 
      Transfer Plan Agreement to each county's full board. The public is welcome to attend the Transfer Plan 
      Committee meeting, but no public testimony will be taken.

      Next Steps: Both county boards are tentatively scheduled to take formal action on the Transfer Plan 
      Agreement in late August. Notice of these board meeting dates and times will be provided to Area 93 
      property owners, and will also be posted on this web page.


  • Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 3067 into law on June 6, 2013. However, there are several additional steps outlined in the legislation that must be completed before the change in county boundaries can occur.

    The actual transfer of Area 93 from Multnomah County to Washington County will not occur until:

    ·          the Board of Commissioners for both counties have approved the transfer plan;

    ·          the counties jointly notify the Governor that the transfer plan has been approved; and

    ·          the Governor issues a proclamation declaring approval of the county boundary change.


    The actual transfer will occur 30 days following the Governor's proclamation.

    We will continue to provide additional updates as this process moves forward.


  • On May 30 2013, the House of Representatives voted unanimously to accept the technical amendments to A-Engrossed House Bill 3067 as approved by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Governor.
  • On May 28, 2013, the Senate passed A-Engrossed House Bill 3067 on a unanimous vote. Following House adoption of the bill, there were minor technical amendments relating to voting records and elections. The bill now goes back to the House for concurrence.
  • On May 16, 2013, HB 3067 passed out of the Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee unanimously. The bill now heads to the Senate floor with a "do pass" recommendation from the committee.
  • The Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee has scheduled a hearing and possible work session on House Bill 3067 for May 16at 3 p.m. Committee Agenda
  • On March 18, 2013, House Bill 3067 passed in the House on a 58-0 vote.  The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.  No Senate committee hearing dates have been scheduled at this time. 
  • House Bill 3067 had a second reading on the House Floor on March 14.  It is scheduled for a third reading and a potential vote of the full House on Monday March 18. Washington County, Multnomah County and Metro have prepared a "floor letter" that is being provided to all House members encouraging their support for House Bill 3067.  You can stream audio of the House's floor session at: .
  • On March 7, 2013, the House Committee on Land Use voted unanimously to move House Bill 3067 to the House floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation.  The bill is expected to be scheduled on the House floor during the week of March 11.  As additional information is available, we will post it here. 
  • The week of February 18, 2013, House Bill 3067 was introduced into the Oregon Legislature by Representative Tobias Read and Senator Betsy Johnson. It would establish a process to enable the transfer Area 93 from Multnomah County to Washington County.  The draft legislation would require both county Boards of Commissioners to adopt an agreement specifying the particulars of the transfer by January 2014. The Governor would then issue a proclamation declaring formal approval of the transfer.


What is "Area 93"?

In 2002, regional and local governments in the region made a collective commitment to add more than 20,000 acres to the urban growth boundary (UGB), providing land sufficient to support 20 years of anticipated population and job growth, as required by Oregon law. "Area 93" was one of several areas included in the 2002 UGB expansion to serve growth on the region's west side—others included North Bethany, portions of River Terrace (West Bull Mountain), and portions of South Hillsboro .

Area 93 is located in Multnomah County, approximately 2.5 miles north of the U.S. High­way 26/Oregon 217 interchange. It is approximately 160 acres in size. Due to existing roads and natural features, the land area available for development is less than half that amount.  Area 93 is isolated from other urbanized areas in Multnomah County by a rural reserve area approximately one-half mile in width. It is contiguous to urbanized Washington County on two sides.

Click on the image below for a printable map:
 Area 93

What is Area 93's current status?

The 2002 UGB decision to allow development of Area 93 by the regional and local governments was made to reduce growth pressure on farm and forest land elsewhere. Since then Multnomah County and the City of Portland completed a significant amount of preliminary planning for Area 93, but unlike other 2002 west side UGB expansion areas this area has not been able to move beyond the planning stage.  The challenge has been determining how to provide and pay for essential urban services such as water, sewer, parks, roads and police protection.  The preferred solution to advance development of Area 93 involves transferring it into Washington County. 

Why change the county boundary for Area 93?

Area 93 landowners, Metro, and Multnomah and Washington counties have worked co­operatively to find a solution that delivers on the region's 2002 commitment to facilitate residential development in this area.  In this unique situation, moving the county boundary to bring Area 93 into Washington County is necessary because:

  • Public services essential to developing Area 93 cannot be provided in a timely and cost-effective manner by the City of Portland or Multnomah County,
  • Those services are available in Washington County, and
  • Revenue-raising tools are already in place in Washington County to ensure that those directly benefiting from devel­opment pay for the infrastructure costs.


Who would pay the planning and infrastructure costs of development?

Washington County's objective is to make this change of jurisdiction as close to revenue-neutral for its existing taxpayers as possible.  Existing Washington County residents should not have to pay for public improvements needed in Area 93—those who benefit should pay for them. 

Changing the county boundary will allow  Washington County to plan for what will primarily be residential development in Area 93. Once the Washington County Board of Commissioners adopts these land use plans, property owners would be required to annex into several Washington County service districts as a condition of development. Property taxes will increase as these additional services are provided to the property.

In addition, new revenue may be necessary to combine with development fees and taxes to pay the cost of new roads and other infrastructure specifically benefiting Area 93. A clear picture of future property tax costs is expected when Washington County conducts the planning process for this new urban area. 

What kind of development is anticipated for Area 93?

Development is anticipated to be primarily residential, at densities consistent with the existing urban development in adjacent Washington County. If Area 93 is transferred to Washington County, it will be subject to the appropriate environmental standards and rules currently applied by Metro, Washington County and Clean Water Services to protect stream corridors, water quality and wildlife habitat.


How soon would development occur?

Changing county boundaries in Oregon requires a change in state law. The 2013 Legislature will be considering specific legislation to adjust the boundary.  To implement the boundary change, Multnomah and Washington counties would need to adopt a formal agreement by Jan. 2014. Once an agreement is adopted, citizen input about the planning and development of Area 93 would happen over a one- to three-year period. 


Where can I get additional information?

Please contact Stephen Roberts in Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation at 503-846-4963.