Hillsboro’s last 30 years have brought rapid change and remarkable success. With further change on the horizon, we turned to the community for guidance that will shape how Hillsboro grows and develops in the future. The Comprehensive Plan is an expression of the community’s values and an extension of the community vision established in the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, including input from over 600 residents, employees, business owners, community partners, and stakeholders. This plan will guide Hillsboro’s evolution over the next 30 years and beyond. This is our plan.
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What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is a planning document that directs all activities related to land use and the future of natural and man-made systems and services in Hillsboro. The plan helps manage expected population and employment growth through a set of goals, policies, and implementation measures that align with the community’s vision. City leaders use the Comprehensive Plan to coordinate public investments and to make decisions about new development, existing neighborhoods, transportation, and a variety of other topics.
Explore the Comprehensive Plan
Hillsboro’s Comprehensive Plan is organized around eight core areas that cover broad, interconnected subjects. Each core area includes one or more topics with a set of goals and policies that is consistent with community priorities identified in the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, as well as Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goals. Each topic opens with a statement articulating the important role that the subject matter plays in the function of our community and providing context and information about the City’s policy strategy going forward. Hillsboro’s Comprehensive Plan includes a User's Guide describing the difference between goals and policies and their identifiers, as well as how defined terms are indicated.
How to Use the Comprehensive Plan
Since the Comprehensive Plan directs decisions shaping the form and function of Hillsboro, we set out to develop a tool that would be useful to the community as well as City staff. Hillsboro’s Comprehensive Plan is organized in a way and includes features that maximize its ease and efficiency of use in land use planning practice. It aspires to present information in a way that is clear and accessible, avoiding the use of jargon where possible and providing definitions where specific terms are necessary. The Comprehensive Plan is explicitly designed to be a living document—written with implementation, evaluation, and revision in mind. As community needs evolve, the Plan will be periodically reviewed and revised.
We encourage community members to use the Plan to:
- Support or advocate for specific programs in the City’s work plan;
- Identify opportunities to collaborate for more effective efforts around policy initiatives;
- Review and comment on proposed land use projects, infrastructure improvements, and public service provisions;
- Learn about planning topics and issues and trends in Hillsboro, as well as specific land use designations for a property and/or neighborhood; and
- Inform development of applications for grants or other funding.
For questions or additional information, please contact Laura Weigel in the Planning Department, or call 503-681-6153.