The Future of North Hillsboro Industrial DistrictView a PDF of the plan l View a PDF of the report
NoHi is Important for Our Economy
The North Hillsboro industrial district is home to many of Oregon's largest and most economically critical industrial businesses. Forty-eight percent of the City's total jobs and 84% of the City's manufacturing jobs are in North Hillsboro. Total employment is over 32,000 with an annual average wage of nearly $110,000. Nearly one-fifth of the region's manufacturing employment is located in the district. Overall average wages are 216% greater than the average wage in the Portland region.
The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area provides Hillsboro, the Portland region and Oregon with a world-class opportunity to create thousands of well-paying jobs for the area, fulfilling both regional and local goals for managed growth and development. Hillsboro's 2020 Vision and 2035 Community Plan identify creation and retention of good paying jobs as a priority. The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area is a key location for achieving the community's vision to sustain and grow Hillsboro's economy.
Land Use Decisions Direct Change
The majority of the NoHi Industrial Renewal Area was added to the urban growth boundary for industrial use in three separate decisions over the past 13 years. The area is zoned or designated in Hillsboro's Comprehensive Plan for industrial development. This zoning designation protects a significant portion of the land for large lot uses.
Challenges to Industrial Redevelopment
The Industrial Renewal Area currently has inadequate streets, open spaces, and utilities to support the safety, health, and welfare of the community through new private investment. Streets, water lines, sanitary sewer lines and pump station(s), and storm water systems all need to be added to support redevelopment of the area for its designated use as industrial, especially for single users of large lots.
How do we get there?
Significant planning has been underway for the past three years to address the challenges for new development including:
- Infrastructure sizing, timing, and costs
- Infrastructure financing
- Working with the current property owners
- Marketing and recruitment of users
The City is finalizing a master plan and development approach for the area. In part, this will include a strategy
outlining a comprehensive infrastructure and public improvement financing plan. Key to the plan will be delivering public infrastructure and improvements in a timely manner that is responsive to the market demand
for shovel-ready sites.
The Goals for the Renewal Area:
- Facilitate public participation in redevelopment of the Area.
- Phase investments and adopt prudent annual budgets to minimize financial risk.
- Encourage private investment and redevelopment within the Industrial Renewal Area through strategic investments.
- Assist in the provision of adequate and safe public infrastructure to serve the Area.
- Plan for and facilitate the development of a system of open space and trails.
- Facilitate environmental stewardship through natural resource enhancement, wetland mitigation, and environmentally sustainable building practices.