In April of 2011 the City of Beaverton, Oregon adopted its civic plan, outlining a strategic planning framework for Beaverton’s Central City. As part of the plan, Beaverton is looking to transform the area known as the Creekside District into a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use area. The Plan will target creek restoration, improved mobility, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development.
Beaverton received a $1 million HUD Community Challenge Grant to complete the Creekside District Master Plan, which, including funds from the city, brings the project’s total resources to $2.5 million. Beaverton hopes to adopt the completed Plan in early 2015.
Alongside Fregonese Associates, ECONorthwest will contribute to a redevelopment analysis and help prioritize investments for the Beaverton Creekside Master Plan. ECONorthwest will conduct the technical analysis of market conditions and future market feasibility, create the small business mitigation strategy, provide expertise on how public policies affect natural resource management, and lead the program development for coordinated transit-oriented development projects and employment investments. ECONorthwest will also develop recommendations for implementation and funding strategies to achieve the goals for the District.
Laura Kelly, senior planner with Beaverton’s Community and Economic Development Department, told the Portland Tribune, “It’s going to be a big project. It’s a small project area, but a lot of big ideas here have the potential to really catalyze this area – this district and the rest of downtown Beaverton.”
Lorelei Juntunen, senior planner who specializes in land use and redevelopment policy, planning, and finance; Abe Farkas, Director of Development Services who specializes in urban development and strategic planning; Anne Fifield, senior planner, and Ed MacMullan, senior economist, will contribute to this analysis.