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Urban Growth Boundaries
Examples of this pattern in action:

Portland Metropolitan Area
We can all see the effects of rapid growth on our highways, housing, shopping and open spaces. But growth doesn't have to just happen. The Growth Management Services Department provides planning services and land-use information to local governments, policy makers and citizens of the region so that we can maintain our livability while planning for the next 50 years of growth.

This is a speech given by Robert Liberty, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon regarding the detrements of urban sprawl and the benefits of smart growth.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Milpitas Urban Growth Boundary Project

1000 Friends of Oregon

Sprawl Guide

Greenbelt Alliance

GreenInfo Network


American Planning Association. Staying Inside the Lines: Urban Growth Boundaries. American Planning Association. Chicago, IL. 1997.

Greenbelt Alliance. Urban Growth Boundaries Information Packet. Urban Growth Boundaries. San Francisco, CA.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling