The City of Newport, in Lincoln County, is undergoing change in response to shifts in
demographics and the economic base. Following a 1990 report, a comparative growth study of the region
was initiated to observe the effectiveness of Oregon's mandatory urban growth boundaries. Data was
collected for land use permits issued by city and county planning departments. Observations were made
regarding location of issued permits with respect to urban, urban fringe, and exurban land. 69% of total
residential and commercial permits issued were within proscribed boundaries. Overall, mandatory growth
boundaries that define and delineate urban and urbanizing land from rural land were effective.