Some Quotes from Metro
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By way of contrast, common perceptions of Los Angeles suggest low density, high per capita road mileage and intolerable congestion. In public discussions we gather the general impression that Los Angeles represents a future to be avoided. By the same token, with respect to density and road per capita mileage it displays an investment pattern we desire to replicate.'
From page 7 of http://www.stopmetro/por/docs/metro_measured.pdf (Metro_measured.pdf - 2.3 meg)
"Ten Principles for Achieving Region 2040 Centers:"
But the reality is that some types of congestion are not only tolerable, they are good for the region's short- and long-term health. Slowing down drivers so they can "visually shop from their cars" as they move through a center is positive. The same is true for parking - a center can be over parked (too many spaces) and create a sense of emptiness.
From page 42 of http://www.metro-region.org/library_docs/land_use/ten_principles.pdf
"Evaluating traffic congestion:"
Historically, the RTP has sought to maintain a level of service D, which represents a facility that is operating at 80 percent of capacity with relatively free-flowing traffic.
The new level-of-service policy seeks to maintain a level of service
E on most roadways during peak periods, which means that a facility is operating
at 90 percent of capacity. In some areas where transit and other travel
alternatives are offered (such as regional centers or highway corridors with
light rail), an F standard is acceptable during the afternoon peak hour,
meaning that it would be acceptable for a street or highway to operate at
100 percent of capacity. This represents congestion as it currently exists
during the rush hour on many routes, such as the Banfield Freeway or I-5
North or urban centers like downtown Portland.
From page 2 of http://www.metro-region.org/library_docs/trans/evaluating.pdf (evaluation.pdf - 381k,)
Metro 2040 Land Use Code Workbook: A Guide for Updating Local Land
Use Codes, (chapter3
- Mixed Use Areas)
Motor Vehicle Congestion Analysis (Title 6.4.B) -- The functional plan provides optional roadway level-of-service standards for mixed use areas. The standards are meant to anticipate a greater level of congestion in mixed use areas, as compared with other areas. When standards are exceeded, congestion management alternatives must be considered. For recommended policy options, please refer to Title 6.4.B of the functional plan.
From page 39: http://www.metro-region.org/library_docs/land_use/chapter3.pdf
Metro Urban Centers: An Evaluation of the Density of Development
The primary reason for underbuilding in
urban areas is the lack of financial feasibility. There is little evidence
to support the conclusion that
the high densities required in Urban Centers,in the
absence of public assistance, are profitable
under current market conditions,
and that developers and property owners are either
unaware that they could make more money
by building denser, or
prohibited from doing so by physical or
From Page S-v: http://www.metro-region.org/library_docs/land_use/centersreport.pdf (Centers_4.pdf - 3.6 meg )
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Portland: New Housing Units Built Annually
|In City||In total
|In Region**||% of U.G.B
total in City
|FY 1999-00||2,486||7,500 est.||11,713||33%|
|FY 2000-01||2,477||4,746 est.||10,087||52%|
* Urban Growth Boundary
**includes Clark County
SOURCE: Metro and Office of Planning and Development Review
Efforts and Accomplishments: 2000-01 (Report 280) (see page v)
and: Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 2002-03 (Report 300) (see page 63)
Other Year's Auditor's reports:
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 1994-95 (Report 215)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 1995-96 (Report 227)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 1997-98 (Report 250)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 1998-99 (Report 260)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 1999-00 (Report 270)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 2000-01 (Report 280)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 2001-02 (Report 290)
Service Efforts and Accomplishments: 2002-03 (Report 300)
Also see: keydocs.htm
More Metro Documents
Metro Planning Budget (2003-04): $15,854,182
from: page 80, Metro's Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2003-04
Transportation Priorities 2004-07 Project
Public Review Draft
Transportation Planning Public Involvement Policy
The Community Media Project - building community
Highlights of the region's land-use and
transportation performance measures
The Portland region: How are we doing?
Single Family Housing
Metro Documents listed above
Note that some of these files are large enough that it will take almost a hour to get all of all of them on a 56k dial up connection.
Metro Measured Metro_measured.pdf - 2.3 meg (only online source for this rare document)
Achieving Region 2040 Centers,. Centers_4.pdf - 3.6 meg
Evaluation traffic congestion, evaluation.pdf - 381k,
Creating Livable Streets cls.pdf - 488k
"Metro Urban Centers: An Evaluation of the Density of Development" metrourbancenters.pdf - 1.3 meg
Ballot title 3NOV92BA.tif -2.8 meg (only online sourve for this rare document)
Voter's pamphlet arguments 3NOV92AR.tif
- 6.3 meg (only online sourve for this rare document)
metro docs list with quotes-02.wpd