OAR 660-027-0005
Purpose and Objective


This division is intended to implement the provisions of Oregon Laws 2007, chapter 723 regarding the designation of urban reserves and rural reserves in the Portland metropolitan area. This division provides an alternative to the urban reserve designation process described in OAR chapter 660, division 21. This division establishes procedures for the designation of urban and rural reserves in the metropolitan area by agreement between and among local governments in the area and by amendments to the applicable regional framework plan and comprehensive plans. This division also prescribes criteria and factors that a county and Metro must apply when choosing lands for designation as urban or rural reserves.


Urban reserves designated under this division are intended to facilitate long-term planning for urbanization in the Portland metropolitan area and to provide greater certainty to the agricultural and forest industries, to other industries and commerce, to private landowners and to public and private service providers, about the locations of future expansion of the Metro Urban Growth Boundary. Rural reserves under this division are intended to provide long-term protection for large blocks of agricultural land and forest land, and for important natural landscape features that limit urban development or define natural boundaries of urbanization. The objective of this division is a balance in the designation of urban and rural reserves that, in its entirety, best achieves livable communities, the viability and vitality of the agricultural and forest industries and protection of the important natural landscape features that define the region for its residents.

Source: Rule 660-027-0005 — Purpose and Objective, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=660-027-0005.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 660-027-0005’s source at or​.us