Portland-area land use boundaries set for 50 years

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Developers and governments in the tri-county Portland area have a better idea of where urban growth will happen after the state Land Conservation and Development Commission unanimously approved a plan to shape urban and rural reserves.

The work was intended to replace the bitter arguments that erupt every five years when the urban growth boundary expands. It lasts until 2060.

Not everyone is happy, though, including farmers and a land-use watchdog group.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/nLHW5p ) the plan designates more than 28,000 acres of urban reserves, which will be considered first for urban expansion.

The most heated debate took place in Washington County, where the commission put nearly half of the region's urban reserve acreage.

Critics say they haven't yet decided whether to challenge the plan in court.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com