The Jackson East Project area is 545 acres the Oregon legislature brought into the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in 2014. The City of Hillsboro is undertaking the required long-term planning for the urbanization of this area to inform Comprehensive Plan Amendments.
The 545-acre Jackson East project area, shown in the map above, is bounded by Evergreen Road (south), Jackson School Road, Waibel Creek and Storey Creek (west), U.S. Highway 26 (north), and the Hillsboro Technology Park (east). The project area currently hosts a mix of land uses and development patterns, including farming and farm sales, small businesses, and rural residences. The lands south of Waibel Creek are largely vacant farm parcels. The lands north of Waibel Creek are characterized by smaller parcels with mostly rural homes (see map below).
In 2016 and 2017, the City and project consultants prepared for the Jackson East project multiple background reports, a natural resource inventory report, and an economic, social, environmental, and energy (ESEE) analysis report. The City is finalizing a Jackson East Master Plan and Implementation Strategy document that describes the City of Hillsboro’s vision for the future development of the project area and sets the stage for facilitating the area’s urbanization. See the Final Draft Master Plan and Implementation Strategy under the Documents section.
The adjacent North Hillsboro Industrial Area is of local, regional and statewide economic importance. City staff are recommending that the 545 acres be designated for industrial use because of the community’s lack of long-term industrial land supply. Boosting that supply is necessary to encourage local industrial growth and expansion, to successfully attract new businesses, and to retain those existing companies that might otherwise look elsewhere.
City staff are preparing proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for Jackson East for a Planning Commission public hearing scheduled for August 14, 2019. Jackson East property owners and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide oral testimony during the Planning Commission public hearing, as well as submit written testimony in advance of or during the public hearing.
Following adoption of the proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments, a property may remain in unincorporated Washington County under the County’s Future Development 20-Acre (FD-20) designation. Properties in close proximity to Hillsboro city limits may annex. Annexation into the City of Hillsboro is at the discretion of each property owner.
Public Engagement and Next Steps
Since 2016, the City has held six Jackson East community meetings plus a North of Waibel Creek property owner meeting, and has spoken with stakeholders in person and via e-mail and phone.
The City of Hillsboro is moving forward with finalizing the Jackson East Master Plan and proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments. See the “Next Steps” on the right side of this webpage. A Planning Commission public hearing for Jackson East Comprehensive Plan Amendments is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, August 14, 2019, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Hillsboro Civic Center Auditorium.
Please feel free to contact Senior Planner Dan Rutzick at 503-681-5358 or firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help answer your questions or if you wish to share comments.