Earlier this fall, as reported in The Oregonian and Columbia Insight, the Columbia River Gorge Commission approved updates to the Gorge Management Plan, including changes to how ‘minor’ urban areas expansions are defined. After fighting over the issue years, the Commission voted to expand definition and doubled the amount of lands under a minor expansion. As discussed in a previous newsletter, many of the existing plan regulations act as a barrier for urban area growth and new housing. The plan was first adopted in 1991 to manage the areas and was last revised in 2004. Within this plan, the urban area policies guide how the commission will review any urban area boundary revision applications. To learn more about HBA involvement in Hood River County, contact Roseann Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.