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Portland's response to Metro Title 13 to be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission on July 24

The City of Portland and other cities and counties in the Metro region must comply with requirements established in Metro's Regional Urban Growth Management Functional Plan, including Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods. This set of regulations establishes regional requirements to protect, conserve and restore significant riparian corridors and wildlife habitat. 

When Title 13 was adopted in 2005, Portland already had well-established programs to protect and restore natural resources, including Metro-designated "Habitat Conservation Areas." At that time, the City was in the middle of several large projects that would update Portland’s natural resource inventories, policies and programs so Metro extended the 2009 compliance deadline so these could be included in our compliance report.

The City is now preparing to ask that Metro find Portland in substantial compliance with Title 13. The draft request is presented in a memorandum from BPS Director Susan Anderson and a report entitled Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods - Draft Request for Metro Determination of Substantial Compliance. Appendix A documents the City’s Natural Resource Inventory update, and Appendix B is a comparison of Portland overlay zoning regulations and Title 13. A short Summary Report and frequently asked questions (FAQ) are also posted, along with a draft outline of an agreement between the City of Portland and Metro. The agreement confirms the City's intent to continue investing in watershed health after Metro's determination of substantial compliance with Title 13 and identifies priorities for collaboration between the City and Metro. 

On July 24, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold a public hearing to consider these documents before submission to Metro. 

The City's compliance strategy relies on existing regulatory and non-regulatory plans, codes, programs and projects. Together, these programs protect, conserve and/or restore the vast majority of Title 13 Habitat Conservation Areas in the city, helping to maintain cool clean air and water, reduce risks associated with flooding and landslides, and protect fish and wildlife habitat. No new regulations are included in this proposed compliance package.

This request applies to the area within City limits and specific urbanizing pockets of Multnomah County such as Dunthorpe, Linnton and Sylvan. Because West Hayden Island is not currently within the city and an annexation decision is pending, West Hayden Island is not included in this compliance request.