Downtown Design Project

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Public Meeting Update

Due to the health concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the planned March 17th Downtown Design Project work session with the Beaverton City Council and Planning Commission has been postponed to a date yet to be scheduled. Project updates, including the rescheduling of the joint work session, will be announced on this web page and via the Notify Me List. Sign up for project e-mails by clicking the NOTIFY ME button on the right side of this page.

Review the Draft Downtown Design District Code

The Downtown Design Project is designed to help carry out the Community Vision mission to make Downtown an even more vibrant place.  The draft Downtown Design District Code proposes new rules for development in Downtown to:

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

Read the first draft of the new Downtown code here.

Unfamiliar with how Beaverton’s Code works?  This quick explainer can help

We are also proposing changes to Parking and Truck Loading rules. You can review those here.

Are you new to the project?  Were you unable to attend an Open House?  Take a tour of the draft code and learn about the project background and big changes proposed in the links to the right under Documents.

Submit ideas or feedback through an online questionnaire here.

What is proposed to change?

Some major changes include:

  • Districts: Increasing land use districts from two to four to tailor development regulations to areas with different character.
  • 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.
  • Design quality: Creating new rules to ensure buildings have good design quality while offering ways the city can approve creative, innovative, highly attractive buildings.
  • Open space: Requiring or encouraging more usable open space (plazas, lawns, gardens, walkways, courtyards, terraces) as part of new developments.
  • Landscaping: Strengthening standards to add more trees and plants to new development.

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.