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While the golf course is outside the city limits, it is inside the metro area's urban growth boundary and thus, once annexed, could be developed to the level specified in the Eugene-Springfield Metropolitan Area General Plan, the urban region's growth blueprint.
Reform of the planning system was a key facet of the new Coalition Government's manifesto on which it was elected to power in November 2010 and a number of initiatives are already underway, including introducing Code Assessment, establishing an Urban Renewal Authority, reviewing the Urban Growth boundary and improving the Developer Contributions system.
It will take some creativity, but some lands near the current urban growth boundary are neither irrigated nor good for dry-land agriculture, and situated such that bringing services to those areas is generally feasible.
Portland, Oregon enacted what is known as an urban growth boundary in 1979.
Beaverton and the surrounding areas have maintained very low vacancy rates due to the strong demand and limited land availability resulting from the Urban Growth Boundary, a policy prohibiting all development outside of a fixed boundary roughly 15 miles from the central business district.
The urban growth boundary (UBG) kept development within a 234,000-acre urban area.
To reverse suburban sprawl, he would invoke state regulatory powers to increase residential density and set an outer urban growth boundary.
The "Educational and Public Facilities, Affordable Housing and Open Space Act of 2000" upholds the Urban Growth Boundary as a General Plan policy, while allowing the city to modify the Greenline only if established tough criteria are met.