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In 2005 Metro adopted Urban Growth Management Functional Plan Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods, which requires that Metro-area cities and counties demonstrate their programs adequately protect designated rivers, streams and drainage ways, wetlands, floodplains, riparian areas, and wildlife habitat. Cities and counties may achieve Title 13 compliance through regulatory and/or non-regulatory programs.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, working with bureaus of Environmental Services, Parks and Recreation, and Development services, prepared a request for Metro to determine that Portland complies with Title 13. On November 28, 2012 the Portland City Council approved the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendations that the request be forwarded to Metro and that the City and Metro enter into a voluntary intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to continue watershed health-related efforts. The City submitted the request to Metro in December 2012. In March 2013 Metro Council accepted and Metro staff's January 2013 determination that the City was in substantial compliance with Title 13. The decision became final in April 2013.
This voluntary 10-year Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) is a statement of intent to continue watershed health-related projects, programs, and interagency collaboration after Metro finds the City in compliance with Title 13
January 16, 2013
December 21, 2012
Program package forming the basis of Portland's compliance with Title 13
Appendix to the City's Title 13 compliance request, details the approach and methodology the City used to develop the updated citywide inventory of riparian corridors and wildlife habitat, adopted as part of the Comp Plan Update "Factual Basis"
Appendix to the City's Title 13 compliance request (Ordinance Exhibit A), and provides a detailed comparison of Portland's natual resource overlay zone provisions and the provisions of Title 13, Nature in Neighborhoods