Downtown Design Project

Planning Commission's Recommendation to Approve Downtown Design Project Appealed - City Council to Consider Appeal

At the October 7, 2020 public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that City Council approve the proposed Downtown Design Project amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan, Development Code, and Zoning Map. In addition to recommending the proposed amendments, the Planning Commissioner recommended that the following modifications are made to the proposal:

  • Regulate existing vehicle sales and service uses as Conditionally Permitted instead of Prohibited,
  • Revise language guiding building design for buildings that exceed the maximum height of the zone, and
  • Include two additional parcels in the Downtown Design District, as requested by the property owners.

Planning Commission's recommendation to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment and main Text Amendment has been appealed to City Council. City Council will hold an appeal hearing on November 17, 2020 to consider the submitted appeal, as well as the recommendations made by the Planning Commission.

A separate Text Amendment, regulating Active Ground Floor Uses, was also recommended for approval by Planning Commission on October 7, 2020.  This recommendation was not appealed and will be considered for approval by City Council in a separate public hearing, also on November 17, 2020.

These proposed amendments will guide future development in Downtown Beaverton and will help implement the Downtown Urban Design Framework, adopted by City Council in 2018. Due to the health precautions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public hearing will be held virtually and can be viewed live or archived at the link below.

City Council Public Hearing
6:30 pm, November 17, 2020
Meeting held virtually; CITY HALL CLOSED

City Council Agendas & Minutes

Review the appeal submittal and staff memo here.

Review the staff report for the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Development Code Amendments, and Zoning Map Amendments here.

Review the supplemental memorandum dated November 13, 2020 regarding Vehicle Regulations.

Review the staff report for the proposed Development Code Amendments for Active Ground Floor Uses here. This application will be reviewed in a separate hearing on November 17, 2020 as it has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021, due to the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Review the supplemental memorandum dated November 13, 2020 regarding Vehicle Regulations.

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What is proposed to change?

The Downtown Design Project is designed to help carry out the Community Vision mission to make Downtown an even more vibrant place. The proposed amendments will help achieve this mission by:

  • Removing obstacles to desired development
  • Promoting quality design that adds to Downtown’s character and meets community expectations

To reach these goals, the City is proposing changes to the Development Code and Comprehensive Plan.

Development Code Changes

The Development Code regulates land use in the city and includes zoning standards, site and building design rules, and other development regulations. Proposed updates to the Development Code include:

  • New Zoning Districts: Increasing land use districts from two to four to tailor development regulations to areas with different character.
  • Promoting Design Quality: Creating new rules to ensure buildings have good design quality while offering ways the city can approve creative, innovative, highly attractive buildings.
  • Increasing Open Space: Requiring or encouraging more usable open space (plazas, lawns, gardens, walkways, courtyards, terraces) as part of new developments.
  • Improved Landscaping: Strengthening standards to add more trees and plants to new development.
  • Promoting Street life: Requiring shops and restaurants on the ground-floor of buildings in the downtown core so that streets are more interesting and inviting for dining, shopping and socializing. Due the public health and economic effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, proposed rules that would require shops and restaurants in the downtown core will have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. All other proposed changes are expected take effect in early December 2020.

The latest draft of this code has been revised based on feedback from the community through open houses, online surveys, and one-on-one conversations, as well as work sessions with Planning Commission and City Council. You can review the previous drafts of the Downtown Code under the Documents sidebar on the right side of this page. The most up-to-date version of the code can be found at the top of this page.

Other changes are proposed in the Development Code to reduce off-street parking requirements in certain areas of Downtown, modify how phased development can occur, and integrate the new Downtown District code with the existing Development Code.

Zoning map for Mixed Use, Beaverton Central, Old Town, Downtown Transition, Historic Overlay. Proposed zones within the Downtown District.

Comprehensive Plan Changes

The Comprehensive Plan sets land use policy and implementation strategies for the City of Beaverton. The Comprehensive Plan is being amended to complement the proposed Downtown Code changes. Changes to the Comprehensive Plan include:

  • Expanding the Regional Center Land Use Designation, which will allow more properties to be zoned for dense, mixed-use development in Downtown Beaverton.
  • Adding a new policy promoting safe, comfortable connections for walkers, bike riders, and other forms of active transportation in Downtown.
  • Designating Downtown Beaverton as a Multimodal Mixed-use Area, allowing local transportation standards to regulate changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning instead of state standards.

Downtown Regional Center roughly bordered by SW Center St, Hwy 217, SW 5th St, SW Erickson Ave. Properties added to the Downtown Regional Center are highlight in blue.

A staff report will be published on this page no later than September 16 and will include final versions of Development Code and Comprehensive Plan amendments, as well as analysis and findings demonstrating compliance with state, regional, and local approval criteria.

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Development Code Adoption Schedule

The Downtown Development Code is scheduled to be adopted this fall. Tentative dates for upcoming public meetings to discuss the latest versions of the code, as well as adoption hearings, are listed below. Public testimony can be provided during adoption hearings, and written comments can be provided at any time at

  • September 23, 2020: Planning Commission Adoption Hearing
  • October 20, 2020: City Council Adoption Hearing
  • December 4, 2020; Expected Code Effective Date

About the Downtown Design Project

A vibrant downtown is a top community priority, and the city is taking the next steps to make downtown a livelier, more welcoming destination.

Project goals include:

  • Develop the urban design framework for downtown to define districts and gateways, outline building design and placement, identify opportunities for gathering areas and provide connections for pedestrian and bicyclists to connect everything. The framework was approved by the City Council in Fall 2018.
  • Create opportunities for community members to influence downtown design, including the look and feel of the area. This is ongoing.
  • Update development rules to ensure the urban design framework can become a reality. The draft development rules are available for review now. We look forward to hearing feedback from the community. City Council is scheduled to consider approval of these changes this summer.
  • Remove development obstacles. This is a key part of creating new development rules.
  • Develop an action plan to identify quick wins and long term efforts to make downtown as exciting and inviting as ever. This is scheduled for 2020.