Decision put off until April 13; cities, resident group still argue against including Stafford, but landowners, home builders support action to complete decade-old process.

Despite last-minute pleas from landowners and three cities, the Metro Council is poised to declare the region's amount of land — including Stafford in Clackamas County — open to urban development in the next 50 years.

But after another hearing Thursday (March 16), the council put off action until April 13, mostly because of new documents submitted. The public record will close at 5 p.m. March 23.

The council plans to act only on whether the designated 23,031 acres — 6,230 acres of them in Stafford, between Tualatin, Lake Oswego and West Linn — are sufficient for urban reserves open to development in the next 50 years.

Legislation dating back a decade empowered Metro and three counties to designate how much land should be available for future growth.

Back in February 2016, after several public meetings, the council reaffirmed its 2011 decision to include Stafford within the region's urban reserves, despite a lawsuit that prompted the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2014 to return the issue for more detailed justification by the council and county.

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