Beaverton Creekside: Downtown’s Next Great Place
The Beaverton Creekside District comprises nearly 50 acres in Beaverton’s downtown. It is located at the confluence of Beaverton’s three creeks, and sits at the core of the regional center’s transit systems. It is the natural focal point for a revitalized downtown Beaverton.
What is the Beaverton Creekside project?
The Beaverton Civic Plan, adopted in spring 2011, recognized the Beaverton Creekside district, with its transit access, natural resources and central location, as having significant untapped potential for revitalizing downtown Beaverton. With the help of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant, the Beaverton Creekside project is enabling the City and its partners to energize the goals of the Civic Plan and create an economically vital and beautiful downtown that attracts a diversity of residents, visitors, employees, and employers through the creation of the Beaverton Creekside District Master Plan.
On March 28, 2013, the Creekside District Steering Committee adopted the following guiding principles for the project:
1. Provide more transportation choices.
Develop strategies to increase access to existing transit and improve roads, sidewalks, paths, and bike facilities in a manner that supports urban redevelopment in and around the Creekside District.
2. Promote equitable, affordable housing.
Support policies and programs that promote the creation of attractive, well-designed housing, accessible to people of all incomes and backgrounds, that lowers the combined cost of housing and transportation.
3. Enhance economic competitiveness.
Create an environment featuring high-quality designs that encourages the location of new businesses and assists existing businesses in the Creekside District.
4. Support existing communities.
Leverage existing infrastructure and incorporate strategies such as transit-oriented, mixed-use development, infill, and reuse for district revitalization.
5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment.
Integrate the design and investments for transportation, stormwater management, and civic space to encourage private sector investment and redevelopment.
6. Value communities and neighborhoods.
Support the community’s vision for the district to make Canyon Road a great street for pedestrians, establish Beaverton Creek as an urban amenity, and invest in creating a healthy, safe and walkable neighborhood in downtown Beaverton.
The Plan will build upon existing assets and jump-start redevelopment of underutilized properties in the district, work to improve and beautify the City’s creeks, and enable transportation and infrastructure improvements for downtown Beaverton.
There are three major components of the Beaverton Creekside District Master Plan:
Where is the Creekside District?
At just under 50 acres, the Beaverton Creekside District is a small area in Beaverton’s downtown, is located at the confluence of Beaverton’s three creeks, sits at the core of the Regional Center’s transit systems, and is served by the Beaverton Central Plant.
What kinds of change are coming to downtown Beaverton?
- Design and engineering for a new park and plaza north of the Round, bringing people and Beaverton’s creeks back together.
- An engineered roadway design, created in partnership with ODOT, to improve safety and transform Canyon Road.
- Designs for improved streets that will provide safe comfortable routes for getting around downtown –
by car, bike, foot, and transit.
- Solutions that will address frequent flooding from our City’s creeks and improve water quality.
- Regulatory improvements and incentives to ensure that new development is easier to implement while also contributing to the health and sustainability of our creeks and downtown.
- Engagement with formerly underrepresented populations that will bring new voices to help shape the future of this emerging district.
What is the proposed schedule for the Beaverton Creekside project?
The proposed planning schedule is Fall 2012 to Winter 2014.
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I’m a property owner, how can I set up a one-on-one meeting with the city?
Contact the project team by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 503-526-7536 (503-526-PLAN).