During his time as a Metro Councilor, Robert has:
Proposed, and had passed, critical amendments to strengthen stream protections, at a time political pressures were trending in the opposite direction.
Served as co-chair of Metro's Housing Choice Task Force. As such, he lead the effort to invest $1 million seed money as part of a $10 to $20 million regional housing choice revolving fund to help build hundreds of new homes in the region's regional and town centers and around light rail stations.
Supported Measure 26-29, a regional bond measure to invest in parks, trails, and natural areas, while adding an innovative new element: a $15 million capital grant program to invest in natural areas and water quality projects in existing neighborhoods, with bonus points for projects in low income neighborhoods.
Led the effort to ensure the Lakeside landfill in Washington County is not polluting groundwater in violation of its dumping agreement. He also joined with his colleagues in supporting mandatory recycling and salvage of construction and demolition debris.
Created Metro's speaker series (2005-07) to bring new perspectives to regional economic development discussions. Those speakers argued cities in the region shouldn't compete with each other, but rather as a combined region to compete worldwide.
Continually challenged outdated transportation planning concepts and questioned new mega-projects such as the Columbia River Crossing.
Met with citizens at scores of community meetings and hearings, working on issues from the Sellwood Bridge to Gateway Art Project to the design of light rail stations in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
Served on the Oregon Zoo's Master Planning Commission.
Helped organize and lead trips to Vancouver, British Columbia and its suburbs to help local officials see and understand different approaches to development that reflect aspects of the Metro 2040 Plan.
Briefed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on how the region's approach to growth was reducing the impact residents make on global warming.
News from 2004 race
Liberty Wins Metro Seat
Liberty takes over Monroe's Metro seat: Rod Monroe, a fixture on the council, is ousted by the former head of 1000 Friends of Oregon.
-- The Oregonian, 11/3/04
Liberty continues to be the clear choice...
He will push for "green solutions" with his comprehensive solution for mass transit in the region.
-- Portland Mercury, 10/19/04
A needed dose of energy and backbone at Metro
Liberty... is one
of the brightest, most energetic activists in the area. He's a
better fit for this progressive, urban Metro district than his
opponent, who has raked in big money from suburban developers.
-- Willamette Week, 10/13/04
Metro hopefuls offer fork in the road to future
Anybody who knows Oregon land-use politics knows Rod Monroe and Robert Liberty.
--The Oregonian, 10/1/04
Liberty for Metro
Liberty is the better choice in this race for Metro Council.
--The Oregonian, 8/30/04
Debate quality vs Quantity
debate should focus on regionalism, and include incumbent Rod Monroe and
challenger Robert Liberty, who are vying for a seat on the Metro
--The Oregonian, 7/7/04
The Oregonian Endorses Robert!
Liberty, is a natural for Metro Council.... Liberty would bring fresh
ideas, a new zest and vision to the job...
--The Oregonian, 4/21/04
Metro candidates boast land-use credentials
promotes Metro's role in working collaboratively with residents to help
reserve natural resources, plan communities and invigorate urban hubs
--The Oregonian, 4/16/04
Metro Contenders Raise Thousands for Election
who works as an adviser to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., reported
nearly 400 contributions...
--The Oregonian, 4/13/04
Robert Liberty Interviewed on NPR's Marketplace
Robert recently got national attention on the NPR program
Marketplace . Listen
--National Public Radio, 3/26/04
State and Local Groups on the Same Page on Land Use?
former executive director of the conservation group, 1000 Friends of
Oregon recently announced he's running for a seat on Metro..."
--Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2/17/04
Two Challenge Monroe for His Metro Council Seat
well-known figure in Oregon's environmental community... has signed on to
challenge longtime Metro Councilor Rod Monroe."
--The Oregonian, 2/16/04
All seven Metro candidates agree with direction the council is
said he will focus on affordable housing, clean water, development quality
in new urban centers such as the district's Gateway neighborhood and
meaningful public involvement."
--The Oregonian, 2/16/04
Think big and act now, regional-growth advocate says
shot up as if in praise at a religious revival..."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 02/06/04
The Snoozefest is Over!
"The days of
snoozefest council elections are a thing of the past. Conservationist icon
Robert Liberty... is taking on developer-friendly councilor Rod
--Willamette Week, 12/10/03
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