"It’s clear from the Reason Institute’s research that urban growth boundaries and affordable housing don’t mix," says Tom Coyle, senior vice president of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA). "The well-documented findings of this report show that new designs on land use and growth policies that fail to adequately address housing needs will make an already bad situation in our state worse."
The study focuses on Portland, Oregon’s 20-year experiment with urban growth boundaries (UGBs), which are lines drawn by planners designed to redirect growth to already urbanized areas and fence off from development surrounding open space and agricultural land. The Portland urban growth boundary has been frequently used by growth management enthusiasts as a model for other communities-including many of California’s high job-generating areas-to use in adopting land-use policies or drafting growth-control initiatives.
The Reason Institute’s report found that Portland’s UGB has had profound consequences on housing markets, including: