About the Plan

What is a community Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a municipality’s road map for the future. The plan is typically written for a 20-year time period from the date of adoption. This living, city-wide document provides long-range policy direction on matters including, land use, economic development, transportation, housing, and natural and historic resources.

Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan contains the following elements:

  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment Procedures
  • Public Involvement
  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Transportation
  • Natural, Cultural, Historic, Scenic, Energy, and Groundwater Resources
  • Environmental Quality and Safety
  • Economy

Oregon state law requires all cities and counties to prepare and adopt comprehensive plans that are consistent with the 19 Statewide Planning Goals, of which only 12 are applicable to Beaverton. Upon approval by the state’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC), the Comprehensive Plan is said to be acknowledged and becomes the controlling document for land use policy. The Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for elected and public officials by providing the policy framework for promoting sustainable development patterns, enhancing quality of life, and prioritizing public investment.

About Comprehensive Plan 2035

Comprehensive Plan 2035 is a long-range plan that will set a 20-year policy framework for the City of Beaverton. The plan will build on the community’s unique characteristics, needs, and shared values to develop a set of goals and policies that will guide Beaverton into the future. Comprehensive Plan 2035 will provide:

  • Policy and strategic guidance on the physical development of the city, specifically in areas of housing, economy, and transportation.
  • Specific goals and objectives for Beaverton to be proactive in its growth.
  • Knowledge about the future of Beaverton for residents, businesses, workers, developers, and visitors.
  • Opportunities for the community to participate in the planning of Beaverton’s future.
  • Strategies for preserving a sense of place and identity that help make Beaverton unique.

Why update Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan?

Comprehensive Plan updates are typically undertaken when chapters of the plan do not account for recent trends or existing conditions in the community. Beaverton’s first Comprehensive Plan, the Beaverton Area General Plan, was adopted by City Council in 1972. Over the years, the Comprehensive Plan has undergone a number of major updates and minor plan amendments.

The most extensive update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan occurred in 2002. Since that time, the community has experienced economic and demographic shifts, and has expressed interest in integrating sustainability and community health into city policy and operations.

Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan is organized in a series of “elements” or chapters that focus on a particular topic area and address the corresponding Statewide Planning Goal(s). The Comprehensive Plan Update will concentrate on updating the following elements:

  • Economy - The key objectives are to understand supply of land, labor, infrastructure in relation to the demand; to identify the types of jobs within the city and who they benefit; to understand how jobs relate to existing housing and transportation needs; to assess the health of neighborhood commercial districts; and to determine whether adequate industrial land is available to meet the needs of our industrial business community.
  • Housing – The key objectives are to predict future housing supply and demand; to identify strategies that will strengthen neighborhoods; and to ensure that Beaverton has a healthy stock of housing options that will meet the needs of our diverse and changing population.

Throughout the planning process, those with a stake in Beaverton’s future will have the opportunity to articulate community values and goals through public discussion, to better understand the opportunities and challenges within the neighborhoods and larger community, and to consider a range of choices that will drive city policy.

How is the Comprehensive Plan implemented?

The Comprehensive Plan includes goals, policies, and recommendations specific to each element. The local jurisdiction, in this case the City of Beaverton, is charged with updating, monitoring, and implementing the Comprehensive Plan. Progress towards each objective will be monitored regularly to ensure that the city is on target. Master Plans (or Community Plans) may be developed to delve deeper into a particular area of the city and develop a specific strategy for that area.

How does the Comprehensive Plan relate to other planning efforts in the city?

A Comprehensive Plan provides overarching policy for the development of more specific strategies and actions. In Oregon, Comprehensive Plans must also be consistent with the 19 Statewide Planning Goals, of which only 12 are applicable to Beaverton.

Master Plans (or Community Plans) are long-term documents that synthesize the goals contained in the Comprehensive Plan and give them life by defining actions that will achieve the desired outcome.

Implementation Plans provide a realistic means of implementing the recommended actions, taking into account project funding and phasing. Implementation Plans (sometimes called Neighborhood Plans) are more adaptable and shorter term in comparison to Comprehensive and Master Plans.

Chart illustrating the steps required in preparing a city Comprehensive Plan. The complete detailed description of the IMG is in the text of the page.

In addition to the Community Vision, Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan must be consistent with the applicable Statewide Planning Goals of:
  • Citizen Involvement
  • Land Use Planning
  • Historic Natural Resources
  • Air Water and Land Quality
  • Area Subject to Natural Hazards
  • Recreational Needs
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Transportation
  • Energy Conservation
  • Urbanization
Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are guided by extensive research, data analysis and community input relevant to the chapter(s) being updated. The Comprehensive Plan Update will focus on updating the Economy, Housing and Transportation chapters of Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan. The adopted plan will provide a 20-year policy framework for the development of Master Plans and Implementation Plans, illustrated in the graphic above.

Beaverton’s Comprehensive Plan serves as a general framework

Master Plans

Implementation Plans

What is the difference between the Comprehensive Plan and the Development Code?

The Comprehensive Plan guides decisions regarding growth and development within the city. It establishes general policies pertaining to various topic areas and must be consistent with the Statewide Planning Goals

The Development Code implements the Comprehensive Plan by regulating the use, scale, design and intensity of development allowed within each zoning district. An update of the Development Code is considered when updates to the Comprehensive plan are completed.