"Area 93" is an area of approximately 160 acres in size located in Multnomah County, approximately 2.5 miles north of the of the U.S. Highway 26/Oregon 217 interchange. 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.
In 2002, the Metro Council, along with regional local governments, approved more than 20,000 acres to the urban growth boundary (UGB), providing land sufficient to support 20 years of anticipated increased population, housing needs and job growth, as required by Oregon law. Adding Area 93, originally located in Multnomah County, resulted in Multnomah County drafting a Concept Plan for the urban development of this 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 first of such boundary changes in nearly 160 years. The Area 93 transfer to Washington County became effective on January 1, 2014.
WashingtonCounty has begun planning the urban development of Area 93, building upon the planning work started by Multnomah County. Area residents are encouraged to stay engaged through this process as staff develops a Concept Plan for this area, including identifying natural resources and transportation needs.
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