METRO's Measure 26-29
|Resolution 02-3163 language
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Amendment To Metro Charter
Section 1. Section 5 of the Metro Charter is amended to add the following provisions:
(4) Protection of Livability of Existing Neighborhoods
|Each paragraph below gives details about the METRO measure's paragraph to the left.|
|(a) Livability Protection. The Regional Framework Plan shall include measures to protect the livability of existing neighborhoods taking into consideration air pollution, water pollution, noise, and crime as well as provision of an adequate level of police, fire, transportation and emergency services, public utilities, and access to parks, open space and neighborhood services.||This clause is meaningless as these goals are already in place as a result of voters approving the 1992 measure that gave METRO planning power. It specified METRO's primary job: "Requires, as primary function, growth management planning to preserve region quality of life."|
(b) Density Increase Prohibited. Neither the Regional Framework Plan nor any Metro ordinance adopted to implement the plan shall require an increase in the density of single-family neighborhoods within the existing urban growth boundary identified in the plan solely as Inner or Outer Neighborhoods.
|This clause protects neighborhoods that are identified, the 2040
plan, "solely as Inner or Outer Neighborhoods". But this wording
excludes ALL major streets that go through these neighborhoods, excludes
one mile circles centered on light rail stations and excludes regional centers
like Gateway, Ceder Mill and many others.
A smaller deception is contained in the words "nor any Metro ordinance adopted to implement the plan shall require an increase in the density". What is the density limited to? - It turns out to be limited to the current zoned density which is above the current real density. How much above is anybody's guess. It is 23-51% above the density when Metro started its mandates. Here's proof
|(c) Report on Effects of Proposed Urban Growth Boundary Amendment. Prior
to approving any amendment or amendments of the urban growth boundary in
excess of 100 acres the Council shall prepare a report on the effect of the
proposed amendments on existing residential neighborhoods. Copies of the
completed report shall be provided to all households located within one mile
of the proposed urban growth boundary amendment area and to all cities and
counties within the district. The report shall address:
i. Traffic patterns and any resulting increase in traffic congestion, commute times and air quality.
ii. Whether parks and openspace protection in the area to be added will benefit existing residents of the district as well as future residents of the added territory.
iii. The cost impacts on existing residents of providing needed public services and public infrastructure to the area to be added.
(d) Implementation. The Metro Council shall implement the requirements contained in Subsections a, b, and c within one year of adoption thereof.
(a) The amendments to the Metro Charter for which provision is made in this measure shall be paramount, shall take effect and shall have precedence over the amendments to the Metro Charter proposed in Ballot Measure 26-11 if both measures are approved at the Oregon primary election conducted on May 21, 2002, and the number of affirmative votes cast for this measure is greater than the number of affirmative votes cast for Ballot Measure 26-11. In such event, Ballot Measure 26-11 shall not become effective.
(b) The amendments to the Metro Charter for which provision is made in Ballot Measure 26-11 shall be paramount, shall take effect and shall have precedence over the amendments to the Metro Charter proposed in this measure if both measures are approved at the Oregon primary election conducted on May 21, 2002, and the number of affirmative votes cast for Ballot Measure 26-11 is greater than the number of affirmative votes cast for this measure. In such event, this measure shall not become effective.
(a) Subsection 4(b) of Section 5 of the Metro Charter of this Measure is repealed on June 30, 2015 unless at the general election held in 2014, a majority of the electors voting on the question of whether or not to retain Subsection 4(b) of Section 5 of the Metro Charter as part of the Metro Charter vote to retain the subsection. If the electors vote to retain the subsection, Subsection 4(b) of Section 5 of the Metro Charter of this measure shall remain in effect. If a majority of the electors do not vote to retain Subsection 4(b) of Section 5 of the Metro Charter of this measure, then that subsection is repealed on June 30, 2015.
(b) By appropriate action of the Metro Council, the question described in subsection (a) of this section shall be submitted to the people for their decision at the general election held in 2014.
(c) This section is repealed on January 1, 2016. EXHIBIT B
Just in case we are not fooled by the above, METRO made this measure self-destruct in 13 years.
(We suspect that 13 years is about the time when the inner and outer neighborhoods will be packed to the currently zoned density and this measure might actually have an effect.)