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Stafford Hamlet Town Hall

Stafford community members are invited to learn about and comment on Clackamas County / Metro reserves efforts

Thursday, February 23rd
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Athey Creek Middle School
2900 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR

On Feb. 23, Clackamas County will host a public meeting to update the Stafford area community about joint county / Metro efforts to resolve remaining issues related to urban and rural reserves.

The agenda will include a presentation by county planning staff and a time for comments, questions and answers with the public. County commissioners are also expected to attend the event to listen and respond to questions.

In January, the Board of Commissioners took action to work with Metro and other partners to resolve remaining issues related to urban and rural reserves land use designations.  Specifically, the commission directed staff to supplement and finalize the findings related to the four urban reserves in the Stafford area.

The reserves status of the Stafford area – unincorporated land between the cities of West Linn, Lake Oswego and Tualatin – has been in limbo since the state Land Conservation and Development Commission remanded the designation of the area back to Clackamas County and Metro following the Oregon Court of Appeals decision in 2014.

The county and Metro are working with the Stafford area community (including the Stafford Hamlet, Stafford CPO and Stafford Landowners Association), area business groups and adjacent cities to finalize revised findings related to the Stafford urban reserves. 

Metro Council will hold public hearings on the revised findings on March 2,16 and 23; the County Commission has scheduled its first public hearing for April 12: Meeting times and Locations

The urban and rural reserves process, which started in 2008, was meant to create a 50-year roadmap for growth in the greater Portland urban area. Urban reserve areas will be the first candidates for urban growth boundary expansion through 2060. Rural reserve areas will be protected as farms and forests in that same time frame. The Metro Council, Clackamas County, and Washington and Multnomah counties agreed on an urban and rural reserve plan in 2010.

Details about the county’s process going forward will be available at More information about urban and rural reserves is available from Metro at

In one of his first actions, Clackamas County Chair Bernard throws Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin and Stafford Hamlet under Metro's "high density bus," expect 50,000 new residents coming to the area

January 24, 2017 | Clackamas County and Metro

Click here for full joint press release.


Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn have opposed Metros desire to urbanize Stafford for over twenty years. Sign the petition to tell Metro we aren't looking for unreasonable development!

Two conflicting views of Stafford exist

1) The Stafford Compromise recognizes a certain level of urban development south of the Tualatin River while maintaining the open space and rural character north of the river between cities. 

2) Numerous professional planning reports commissioned by developers and absentee land owners projects 2,000 acres to be developed to densities that will add at least 50,000 residents.

Support The Stafford Compromise today and Sign the Petition!

Where did "50,000 New Residents" come from?


• Professional Land Use Plans submitted by local developers,

   Aug 2016 to Clackamas County Commissioners

• Net 2,000 Acres could be developed

• Based on low Metro densities of ten residential units per acres 

   and 2.5 residents, that means 50,000 NEW STAFFORD residents

• Report is misleading, “Stafford Character maintained” but NO 

   SPECIFIC number of “New” people moving to area

• Only states the net area to be “urbanized” in acres, not how 

   many people added

You decide, FACT or FICTION?

Thank you for your interest and support!

“WE HAVE THE ANSWER” it’s The Stafford Compromise!

Board Members Present The Stafford Compromise to METRO

Dec 12, 2016 | Metro Meeting

See Stafford Hamlet Chair Jay Minor (left) and Vice Chair Dave Adams (bottom left) present the strongly supported 'Community Vision Plan,' also known as The Stafford Compromise, to METRO last month. Both Jay and Dave are very dedicated community representatives.

Click the link below to see their full comments early in the meeting.


In 2009 County agrees that Stafford area North of the Tualatin River does not meet urban criteria, but backtracks after METRO pressure

December 7, 2009 | Clackamas County

Click here to read the 2009 report from Clackamas County.


West Linn, Tualatin, and Lake Oswego Historically Oppose Urbanization of Stafford

Thursday, Mar 2 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday, Mar 13 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 16 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, Mar 23 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM