AmberGlen Community Plan

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Updates:

June 5, 2012: The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 6018, approving the Zoning Ordinance amendments to add a new Section 143, Urban Center Zones, and apply the zones to properties within the AmberGlen Community Plan Area. The Ordinance and Exhibits may be viewed in their entirety here: Ordinance No. 6018

May 15, 2012: The City Council accepted the recommendation of the Planning Commission to approve the text and map amendments related to the AmberGlen Community Plan Zones and Development Regulations and conducted the first reading of the Ordinance to adopt the amendments. A second reading and subsequent adoption of the Ordinance is scheduled for June 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting agendas may be viewed here: City Council Agendas and Meeting Packets

April 25, 2012: The City of Hillsboro Planning Commission held a public hearing and adopted Order No. 8065, recommending to City Council approval of a City-initiated request to amend the Hillsboro Zoning Ordinance No. 1945 and the Zoning Map. The amendments create new Urban Center Zones and apply them within the AmberGlen Community Plan Area. Order No. 8065 incorporates revisions to the draft February 15, 2012 text amendments that are identified in supplemental staff reports dated April 18, 2012 and April 25, 2012.

The draft zones and amendments may be viewed separately here: AmberGlen Community Plan Zones and Development Regulations (DRAFT 2-15-12). The following link is a map of the proposed zones to be applied to the properties within the Plan Area: Map of Proposed AmberGlen Zones.

Zones & Development Regulations AmberGlen Community Plan:

Project Outcomes:

  • Zones & base standards necessary for urban mixed-use development to serve a range of households, ages and income levels at adopted target densities of up to 74 dwelling units per acre;
  • Design standards and guidelines to ensure livability with increased densities and to create a landmark identity;
  • Sustainability standards and incentives to serve as a model for district strategies & environmentally sustainable development;
  • Street and connectivity standards to provide a pedestrian environment and multimodal access, manage stormwater efficiently, and enhance community character;
  • Provisions necessary to support existing development until the time that redevelopment becomes economically viable; and
  • Incentives and performance measures developed to support economic vitality for the district.

City Council Adopts AmberGlen Community Plan:

The Hillsboro City Council adopted the AmberGlen Community Plan on January 19, 2010 by Ordinance No. 5933. Adoption of the AmberGlen Community Plan established the policy framework required to amend land use regulations for higher densities and a mix of uses. Development and adoption of mixed-use zones and standards is a key action for accomplishing the community’s vision for

“a vibrant, regional activity center enlivened with high-quality pedestrian and environmental amenities, taking advantage of the region’s light rail system.”

Download or view the Community Plan:

Copies of the Plan are also available at a reasonable cost at the City of Hillsboro Planning Department, 150 E. Main Street, 4th Floor, Hillsboro, 503-681-6153

Plan Area: 
 
The Plan Area encompasses approximately 606 acres and is located at the southern edge of the Tanasbourne Town Center area, bounded by 185th Avenue on the east, Cornell and Walker roads on the north, 206th Avenue on the west, and the Westside light rail line on the south. To view a map of the general area: AmberGlen Plan Area Map.

Project Summary:

The AmberGlen Community Plan identifies goals, policies and action measures to accomplish the ambitious vision established at the outset of the planning process:


 “Create a vibrant regional activity center enlivened with high-quality pedestrian and environmental amenities, taking advantage of the region’s light rail system.”

The AmberGlen Community Plan identifies a mixed-use urban community focused on a dramatic central park. Residential, employment, shopping, education, and recreation are integrated throughout a high-quality urban and natural environment. Land use policies identify over 6,000 new medium- to high-density residential units, 3,000,000 square feet of office, 500,000 square feet of retail including shops, restaurants and entertainment, and over 170 acres of parks, greenways and protected natural areas. It identifies key concepts integrating land use, open space, transportation, and urban design elements. To view the Land Use Concept Map: AmberGlen Concept Map.

Background:

The City of Hillsboro initiated concept planning to achieve higher levels of density close to major employers, provide high-quality amenities, support regional transportation infrastructure, and to transform the combined Tanasbourne/AmberGlen areas into a regional center. Public goals included meeting ongoing demand for jobs and a variety of housing, improving the jobs/housing balance, relieving pressure on established neighborhoods, planning for an uncertain energy future, fully supporting the region’s investment in light rail, and providing a model development for urban sustainability.
In February 2009, City and regional leaders and stakeholders affirmed a shared commitment to the vision established during concept planning. They also agreed to pursue high-capacity transit link such as light rail through the AmberGlen plan area to connect to employment centers to the north and west, and to pursue designation of the combined Tanasbourne Town Center and AmberGlen plan areas as a Metro 2040 Regional Center.

Download or view background materials from the OHSU/AmberGlen Concept Plan completed in 2007:

Community Plan Refinement:

 Image of people at April 1, 2009 Open House

 April 1, 2009 Open House   

The AmberGlen Community Plan process included transportation system analysis, identification of potential projects, and analysis of funding mechanisms including tax increment financing. Plan refinements were made to address market feasibility, design of the central park and open space, and input received from the public and plan area stakeholders. Adoption of the AmberGlen Community Plan established the policy framework required to amend land use regulations for higher intensities and densities, establish capital improvement projects, and to pursue funding mechanisms.

Download or view materials related to the refinement process:

Next Steps:

  • Develop Zoning / Development Standards for Adoption
  • Establish Public Funding Mechanisms
  • Accomplish a multi-jurisdictional refinement plan to address issues related to the US-26/185th interchange
  • Pursue 2040 Regional Center designation for the combined AmberGlen Community Plan/Tanasbourne Town Center areas

For More Information Contact:

City of Hillsboro
Planning Department
150 E. Main Street, 4th Floor  (Map)
Hillsboro, OR 97123

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