Downtown Design Project

Map of Urban Design Framework showing major gateways, connectivity and mobility, and character areas

Comprehensive Plan Changes: Your comments needed

We would like your thoughts on draft changes to Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan that will help the city implement the Downtown Urban Design Framework, which the City Council approved in fall 2018. These changes will put new information, ideas, goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan based on the community-informed Downtown Design Project.

Please review the draft Comprehensive Plan changes by selecting the link below and then visit the survey link to provide comments. The comment period is open through Dec. 5.

Staff will review your comments and consider them while preparing the Comprehensive Plan changes to be reviewed with the Planning Commission.

Draft Comprehensive Plan Changes Document

Downtown Design Project Survey

Draft Comprehensive Plan changes include:

  • Volume I, Chapter 3, Land Use Element: Revisions to the Regional Center policies that would incorporate work from the Downtown Urban Design Framework and the city’s recently adopted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan (https://www.beavertonoregon.gov/1217/Cultural-Inclusion).

  • Volume V, Downtown Regional Center Community Plan: Updates to background information and urban design principles in the Downtown Regional Center Community Plan.

The Planning Commission will review draft proposed Comprehensive Plan changes in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Council Chambers at Beaverton City Hall.

Next Steps

Updating the Comprehensive Plan is step one in implementing the Downtown Design Framework. Next steps also include:

  • Preparing Development Code Changes that will remove obstacles to desired development and set site and building design expectations for new buildings in Downtown. A public review draft is expected to be released in February.

  • Creating an implementation plan to identify other steps that need to be taken to implement the Urban Design Framework and in general make Downtown an even more vibrant place. This will occur in 2020.

Downtown Design 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.

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. Development rules are being developed now, and a public review draft of the new development rules are scheduled to be released in February. City Council is scheduled to consider approval of these changes in 2020.

  • 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.

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.