Plan says Jackson County, Ore. population may boom

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A proposal on managing rural land and future growth in Jackson County predicts the combined population of Medford and Central Point may top 200,000 by 2060.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/ql2bCq ) the population forecast is part of an effort known as Regional Problem Solving now heading for final approval after more than 10 years of public hearings and conflicts that occasionally have threatened to derail it.

If Jackson County succeeds in finalizing the proposal, it will be the first of any county in Oregon to sign off on such a plan. Other counties have failed to come to similar agreements because of difficulties in getting cities to work together.

If the Jackson County Board of Commissioners approves later this month, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development reviews it.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/