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Project Summary

The Jackson East Project area is approximately 550-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.

 Project Overview Map

Project Overview
The approximately 550-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).

Jackson East Project Area

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 seven Jackson East community meetings and has spoken with stakeholders in person, via e-mail, and phone.

City staff developed proposed Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code (CDC) Amendments.  A Planning Commission public hearing for the Jackson East proposed Comprehensive Plan and CDC Amendments took place on August 14, 2019 and was continued to September 11, 2019.  On September 11th, the Hillsboro Planning Commission closed the public hearing and made a recommendation to deny (4-2 vote) staff's recommendation for Industrial in the Jackson East north of Waible Creek.  The Planning Commission unanimously approved staff's recommendation to designate Jackson East south of Waible Creek as Industrial.  These Planning Commission recommendations now go to Hillsboro City Council for consideration.

During the Hillsboro City Council work session on November 5, 2019, staff provided an overview of the Jackson East Project's policy background, planning, and the public input received.  City Councilors had a number of comments and questions during this work session.  Another work session has been scheduled on February 4, 2020 (beginning at 5:30 pm) so staff can provide more information and receive Council direction on next steps for Jackson East Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code Amendments.  City Council work sessions are an opportunity for Council communication with City staff and do not include public testimony.

Please feel free to contact Project Manager Dan Rutzick at 503-681-5358 or if we can help answer your questions or if you wish to share comments.

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