Downtown Design Project

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Latest News

The virtual open house web page is now live! Learn more about the project, upcoming public events, tell us what you like about downtown and what you would like to see downtown.

The first Open House was held on January 22, 2018.  If you were unable to attend the event, or if you have more to share, the virtual open house will be live through the end of February. The Opportunities and Constraints Assessment presented at the January Open House is available to review under the Documents section located to the Right Side of the page.  Email the Project Manager, Steve Regner, if you have ideas or comments about the Opportunities and Constraints Assessment.

The next public meetings for the Downtown Design Project will be Urban Design Workshops: an opportunity for community members to talk downtown with the consultant team, and sketch out ideas on paper alongside design experts.  Don't miss this exciting interactive opportunity to shape Downtown's future!!

Downtown Design Project – Urban Design Workshops

Thursday, February 22, 6pm – 8pm

Beaverton City Hall – Council Chambers, First Floor

12725 SW Millikan Way

Saturday, February 24, 10:30am – 12:30pm (During the Beaverton Farmer’s Market)

Beaverton City Library Main, Room A

12375 SW Fifth Street

Project Description 

A vibrant downtown is a top community priority, and the city is taking the next steps to make downtown a livelier, more welcoming destination. As downtown continues to evolve, the city is developing a comprehensive design strategy to guide future development. This strategy, called an urban design framework, will tap into downtown’s existing identity, as well as the community’s aspirations, to reflect local history, community values, and preferences about how downtown should look and feel. The resulting ideas and designs will determine how shops, housing, restaurants, parks and roads work together to add vibrancy and activity to downtown, making it an even more attractive place to visit.

The urban design framework will take shape in winter and spring of 2018, and will rely heavily on community input to influence downtown design. Neighborhood meetings, virtual open houses, web surveys, and a two-day public design workshop will be held to hear directly from community members. 

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Project Goals 

  • 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. 
  • Create opportunities for community members to influence downtown design, including the look and feel of the area.
  • Update development rules to ensure the urban design framework can become a reality.
  • Remove development obstacles. 
  • Develop an action plan to identify quick wins and long term efforts to make downtown as exciting and inviting as ever.