Navigating the New Urban Growth Boundary Expansions for Property Owners

June 12, 2024
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June 12, 2024 MichaelR

Navigating the New Urban Growth Boundary Expansions for Property Owners

Oregon UGB Expansion Home Building

The recent legislative changes in Oregon, specifically regarding expanding urban growth boundaries (UGBs), have significant implications for property owners looking to build homes. These changes address the state’s housing shortage by making more land available for development. In this article, we will explore how these changes affect property owners in Portland and its suburbs and how Stone Creek Building can assist you in navigating this new landscape.

What Are Urban Growth Boundaries?

Urban growth boundaries are regulatory lines set around a city to control urban sprawl and protect agricultural and rural lands. These boundaries determine where cities can extend infrastructure and services to support new housing developments. While they help manage sustainable growth, they have also contributed to the housing shortage by limiting the availability of land for new homes.

Recent Changes to UGB Expansions

In response to Oregon’s housing crisis, the legislature has introduced new measures to expand UGBs. Cities with more than 25,000 residents can expand their boundaries by up to 150 acres, while smaller towns can expand by up to 75 acres. This expansion aims to provide more land for housing developments, mainly focusing on affordable housing​​.

Impact on Property Owners

For property owners looking to build a home on their land, these changes offer new opportunities and challenges:

  1. Increased Land Availability: The expansion of UGBs means more land is now available for development. If your property falls within the newly expanded areas, you may have more flexibility in building your home.
  2. Enhanced Property Value: Due to the potential for development, properties within the newly expanded UGBs may see an increase in value. This can be particularly beneficial if you consider building a home for resale.
  3. Regulatory Changes: While the expansion offers more opportunities, it also comes with new regulations and requirements. For instance, at least 30% of the homes built in these new areas must be affordable. Understanding and navigating these regulations will be crucial​​.

How Stone Creek Building Can Help

At Stone Creek Building, we specialize in helping property owners turn their vision into reality. Here’s how we can assist you with the new UGB expansions:

Expert Guidance on Regulations

Navigating the complexities of new regulations can be daunting. Our team stays up-to-date with all legislative changes and can provide expert guidance on how these changes affect your property. We can help you understand the requirements and ensure your project complies with all new rules.

Custom Home Building Services

Whether you are building a home for yourself or for resale, our custom home-building services are tailored to meet your specific needs. From initial planning to final construction, we work closely with you to design and build a home that fits your vision and budget.

Maximizing Property Potential

If your property is within the newly expanded UGB, we can help you maximize its potential. Our team can assess your land and recommend the best use of space, whether for a single-family home or a more extensive development.

Sustainable Building Practices

Sustainability is at the core of our building practices. We incorporate green building techniques to create energy-efficient homes that are better for the environment and more cost-effective in the long run. This approach aligns with Oregon’s goals of reducing the carbon footprint of new developments.


The expansion of urban growth boundaries in Oregon presents new opportunities for property owners looking to build homes. By making more land available for development, these changes can help address the housing shortage and enhance property values. Stone Creek Building is here to help you navigate these changes and build the home of your dreams. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in your next building project.


Stone Creek Building is a locally owned, trusted, and licensed general contractor specializing in custom home construction services and superior craftsmanship. Our team collectively has over 100 years of construction related experience.