Downtown Design Project

Photo of people waiting for a concert at the Round North Plaza.


You spoke and we listened!  Through open houses, online surveys, and focus groups, we asked what approaches would best promote a walkable, livable, vibrant downtown Beaverton.  We are currently taking the multiple Urban Design Framework Alternatives shared with the community, and using community input to develop a single, preferred approach.  When the Draft Preferred Framework has been developed, it will be shared for public review and comment, including on this web page.  The Draft Preferred Framework is anticipated to be available for public review in mid to late June.

The Urban Design Framework Alternatives are still available to view under Documents on the right side of this page.

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.