The Jackson East Project area is 545 acres the Oregon legislature brought into the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in 2014 for employment.
Jackson East, shown in the map below, is bounded by Evergreen Road (south), Jackson School Road, Waibel Creek and Storey Creek (west), U.S. Highway 26 (north), and the North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area (east).
The Jackson East Project planning area has three subareas, shown in the map below. Subareas A and B are characterized by parcelized, rural-residential development patterns, while Subarea C is primarily larger parcels being actively farmed.
Subareas A and C make up the 545 acres the Oregon legislature brought into the UGB in 2014 for employment. Subarea B was brought into the UGB by the Metro regional government in 2005 for future employment, and designated for industrial use in 2008.
In 2016 and 2017, the City and project consultants prepared for the Jackson East planning area a transportation infrastructure report, public utilities and services report, subarea best practices report, and draft master plan document, along with a natural resource inventory report and an economic, social, environmental, and energy (ESEE) analysis report.
Consistent with the Oregon legislature's employment designation, City staff is 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 will prepare Jackson East Comprehensive Plan Amendments for industrial use in Subareas A and C. Subarea B will not be addressed in the amendments because it was brought into the UGB by the Metro regional government in 2005 for future employment and designated by the City for industrial use in 2008.
The City procedure for property owners to formally voice their comments and/or concerns regarding Hillsboro Comprehensive Plan Amendments is by providing oral and/or written testimony during Planning Commission public hearings. A Planning Commission public hearing for Jackson East Comprehensive Plan Amendments is scheduled for August 14, 2019.
Following adoption of Comprehensive Plan Amendments, properties in close proximity to Hillsboro city limits may annex. Annexation into the City of Hillsboro is at the discretion of each property owner. Under an industrial use designation, a property may remain in unincorporated Washington County under the County’s Future Development 20-Acre (FD-20) designation.
Public Engagement and Next Steps
Since 2016, the City has held five Jackson East community meetings plus a Subarea A 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 “Project Timeline” 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 email@example.com if we can help answer your questions or if you wish to share comments.