Bonny Slope West Transfer & Planning History


Bonny Slope West, formerly known as 'Area 93', is an area of approximately 160 acres and is located approximately 2.5 miles north 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 Bonny Slope West, 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 Bonny Slope West from Multnomah County to Washington County, the first of such boundary changes in nearly 160 years. The Bonny Slope West transfer to Washington County became effective on January 1, 2014. 


In February, Bonny Slope West land owners met with local officials (Washington County Chair Andy Duyck, Commissioner Greg Malinowski, Multnomah County staff from Deborah Kafoury's office, Commissioner Loretta Smith, State Representative Brad Witt, State Senator Betsy Johnson, staff from Washington County, Multnomah County and Metro) to discuss progress on the proposed transfer of Bonny Slope West to Washington County.

As a result, House Bill 3067 was introduced into the Oregon Legislature to establish a process to enable the transfer of Bonny Slope West from Multnomah County to Washington County and the Governor issued a proclamation declaring formal approval of the transfer.

Over the next few months House Bill 3067 moved through the House and the Senate for approval and on May 30 A-Engrossed House Bill 3067 was sent to the Governor for approval.

On June 6, 2013 Governor Kitzhaber signed A-Engrossed House Bill 3067 into law with additional step outlined in the legislation that would need to be completed before the change in county boundaries would occur:

  • 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.

On July 25, 2013 The bi-county Transfer Plan Committee, consisting of Chair Andy Duyck and Commissioner Greg Malinowski from Washington County and Chair Jeff Cogan and Commissioner Deborah Kafoury of Multnomah County, met at the French American International School, 8500 NW Johnson St. , Portland to review and consider the recommended Transfer Plan Agreement for each county's Board.

Metro Council awarded Washington County a Community Planning and Development grant ($122,605) on August 15, 2013 to fund concept planning of Bonny Slope West.

At its August 27 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners adopted the Transfer Plan Agreement, followed by Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopting it on August 29. Both counties jointly notified the Governor, who issued a proclamation declaring the boundary change approved, as provided in House Bill 3067.

In anticipation of the January 1, 2014 boundary change, Washington County's Department of Land Use & Transportation filed Ordinance 775, which proposes to apply Washington County's interim FD-20 land use district (Future Development; 20-acre minimum parcel size) to Bonny Slope West. The new approved land use designation took effect on January 1, 2014. Fact Sheet

In October the Washington County Board of Commissioners A-Engrossed Ordinance 775, which applies Washington County's interim FD-20 land use district (Future Development; 20-acre minimum parcel size) to Bonny Slope West properties as of January 1, 2014.

In December property owners received a "Welcome to Washington County" mailer with welcome letters from the Board of Commissioners and Sheriff, as well as information on public services provided by Washington County and other agencies.



On January 1, 2014 at midnight, Bonny Slope West officially became part of Washington County. A media release distributed on December 31, 2013 acknowledges the county boundary change.

A week later (January 7, 2014) the Washington County Board of Commissioners (BCC) held a public hearing on the annexation of Bonny Slope West into the Washington County's Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District (ESPD) and Urban Road Maintenance District (URMD).

Two months later (March 25, 2014) the BCC adopted a Resolution and Order to incorporate Bonny Slope West into the boundary of Washington County Citizen Participation Organization (CPO) 1.