Hillsboro Major Projects

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What's going on around town?

Whether you see dirt moving or not, at any given time there are various major projects going on around the City – both City-led and large private developments. If you're like us, you want to know what's going on. Below we have provided a list that will be updated monthly to give you an overview of all of the major projects happening around Hillsboro. If you have questions, contact information is provided for each project.

Our City's current projects include: 

  • Service Enhancement projects that improve the quality of life for Hillsboro residents and enhance visitor experiences.
  • Neighborhood Development projects, which not only help our City to grow and progress in strategic ways, but also include the revitalization of existing business, industrial, and neighborhood districts. 
  • Parks & Recreation projects that create more recreation and cultural opportunities, as well as more natural spaces and playgrounds for our community to enjoy.
  • Infrastructure Improvement projects, which work behind the scenes to keep our City traveling and our services running smoothly. 

Service Enhancement Projects

Fiber Network Expansion and Internet Service
Location: Citywide
Description: The City of Hillsboro is expanding its fiber network to provide affordable high-speed internet access for all Hillsboro residents and businesses, connect schools, and maximize Smart City opportunities.
Current Status: The City is collaborating with Hillsboro School District to connect all schools to a shared core network in 2020. Internet service for residents and businesses will launch in South Hillsboro, followed by the Shute Park/Southwest Hillsboro neighborhood. These two areas represent the greatest opportunity and need.
Contact: Internet Service Team
More Information: Fiber Network Expansion Project

 a young girl uses a laptop to study at her desk in bedroom

Hillsboro Wayfinding

Location: Citywide
“You have arrived to an amazing community!” The City is in the process of installing wayfinding signage and information kiosks that reflect the great things that are growing in Hillsboro and help locals and visitors alike navigate our community.
Current Status:
Artwork and design have been finalized. Installation of Downtown banners and info kiosks, as well as info kiosks at Tanasbourne, Orenco, and Shute Park, and a welcome gateway at South Hillsboro are complete. Downtown pedestrian directional and parking signs are coming soon. Additional phased installation, including more welcome gateways and Citywide vehicular directional signs, will be based on sign priorities and funding.
Contact: Corinne Weiss, City of Hillsboro Communications and Marketing Manager
More Information: Wayfinding Project

 A variety of signs to lead residents and visitors to community centers and other important locations

Tree City USA
Location: Citywide
Hillsboro community members will enjoy cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values as a result of the City’s commitment to become a Tree City USA.
Current Status:
In 2018, the City Council made Tree City USA a priority and the City submitted an application to the Arbor Day Foundation in the fall. The City will receive notice of application status in February 2019, and must reapply annually.
More Information: Tree City USA

 Autumn trees with red leaves in a City park

Neighborhood Development Projects

South Hillsboro

Location: Located between SE 209th and SE 67th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway
Type of Development/Description: The innovative 1,400-acre development will include approximately 8,000 new residences as well as streets, schools, parks and trails, town and village centers, and a multi-modal transportation network. 
Current Status: Developers Pahlisch Homes and Newland Communities have begun construction on the three neighborhoods: Rosedale Parks, Reed's Crossing, and Butternut Creek.
Contact: Chris Barry, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: South Hillsboro

 A rendering of what the future South Hillsboro development will look like. The rendering includes townhouses, residents walking on sidewalks, trees and foliage, diagonal parking, and streetlights with banners boasting community events.

Witch Hazel Village South Concept Plan
Urban Growth Boundary Expansion Request)
Location: South of Witch Hazel Village, east of River Road, and west of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club, in unincorporated Washington County
Description: The City has submitted a request to Metro to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to include 150 acres designated as Witch Hazel Village South.
Current Status: On September 27, 2018 Metro Council passed a resolution signaling its intent to expand the Urban Growth Boundary. Metro Council will make its formal decision in mid-December.
Contact: Laura Weigel, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: Witch Hazel Village South Project

 A bird's eye view of the undeveloped area where the proposed Witch Hazel Village South expansion would take place.

North Hillsboro Technology Park 

Location: West of Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road and North of Evergreen Road to Highway 26
Description: The City is investing in public infrastructure such as streets, utilities, and services, to encourage business growth in an area that has seen limited development and a portion that is reserved for large lot industrial users (>50 acres). 
Current Status: We are working to increase this area’s development-ready status which will meet the needs of new and existing industrial businesses. An 18” water line was recently installed in NE Starr Blvd between Evergreen Road and the Waible Creek area, serving the eastern portion of the Technology Park. A 19-acre site in the Tech Park impacted by flood plain and wetlands was purchased by the City for utility infrastructure, natural resource mitigation and the Crescent Park Greenway. Specific infrastructure projects are planned and underway. Financial and development planning is ongoing. 
Contact: Dan Dias, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: North Hillsboro Industrial District Project

 An aerial view of the industrial district surrounding the Hillsboro Airport, where the North Hillsboro project development will take place.

Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Plan

Location: The larger Downtown area, which includes the Main Street commercial district, Baseline and Oak streets, 10th Avenue, light rail corridors, the southwest industrial area, and portions of nearby residential neighborhoods. 
Description: The revitalization of Downtown Hillsboro is a high priority for the City. Downtown is the heart of the Hillsboro community, serving as the primary civic gathering spot in the city.
Current Status: In collaboration with the Hillsboro Downtown Partnership, the City is implementing a business attraction campaign to highlight local entrepreneurs and elevate awareness of Hillsboro’s hip and emerging Downtown scene throughout the Portland Metro area. 
Contact: Karla Antonini, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Project

 Main Street in Downtown Hillsboro on a sunny day.

Block 67
Location: The block between Se 6th and 7th Avenue, south of Washington Street and north of Baseline Street
Block 67 is a catalytic transit-oriented mixed-use project that enhances vibrancy and activity in downtown, and provides a critical link between Downtown Main Street, the Health and Education District and Baseline/Oak Commercial Corridor
Current Status: Detailed project design and financial considerations are underway with public engagement sessions coming soon.
Contact: Dan Dias, Director, Economic Development
More information: Block 67

 An aerial view of Block 67, located between SE Washington Street and SE Baseline Street, and between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.

Parks & Recreation Projects

Community Center at 53rd

Location: West side of 53rd Avenue across the road from the 53rd Avenue Community Park
Type of Development: Proposed community center
Current Status: Construction designs in progress
Contact: Dave Miletich, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Community Center at 53rd

 An artist rendering shows adults and children recreating among trees outside of a new wooden community center with ample windows.

South Hillsboro Neighborhood Parks
Location: Located between SE 209th and SE 67th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway
Type of Development: Two proposed parks in the Rosedale Parks and Butternut Creek developments.
Current Status: Under construction
Laurie DeVos, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: 
South Hillsboro Neighborhood Parks

 A sketched map of one of South Hillsboro's proposed parks depicts a meadow, lawn, sports field, trail, play areas, and the preservation of existing trees.

Crescent Park Greenway
Location: Northern, western and southern periphery of the City
Type of Development: 16 mile greenway corridor around the City
Current Status: Concept plan and implementation workbook nearing completion
Contact: Ryan Stee, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: Crescent Park Greenway

 Two hikers enjoying a scenic forest trail. Two hikers enjoy a scenic forest trail.

Infrastructure Improvement

Light Emitting Diode (LED) Street Light Conversion Project

Location: Citywide
Description: This was one of Hillsboro’s largest-ever energy efficiency projects with more than 4,500 high-pressure sodium street lights converted to Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lights. Annual energy savings are projected to total more than 2 million kilowatt hours.
Current Status: Project was completed in summer 2019
Contact: Email the Public Works Department Transportation Division
More Information: LED Street Light Conversion Project

 A photo comparing high pressure sodium street lights to light emitting diode lights.

Transportation System Plan Update
Location: Citywide
Description: Revising the master plan for the city’s future transportation infrastructure investments
Current Status: Council will adopt the plan by the end of 2019 
Contact: Brad Choi, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: Transportation System Plan Update

 A car travels away from a stoplight as a bicyclist rides on the sidewalk.

Jackson School Road Project

Location: Jackson School Road between NE Grant Street and NW Evergreen Road, a major north-south link between downtown and Hwy 26
Description: The City will complete various road improvements, including adding sidewalks, a center turn lane, new drainage, planting trees, a roundabout, bicycle lanes, improved street lighting, and undergrounding of utilities. 
Current Status: Currently acquiring right-of-way. Construction begins winter of 2019. Estimated completion by winter 2022.
Contact: Scott Dreher, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department
More Information: Jackson School Road Project

 Jackson School Road before improvements

Willamette Water Supply Project

Location: The Willamette River at Wilsonville to the Hillsboro area
Description: The City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) are jointly developing the mid-Willamette River as a future drinking water source. The new system will deliver water to City of Hillsboro and TVWD customers.
Current Status:
The Willamette Water Supply Program has divided this project into 10 smaller projects, to be built separately over several years, to allow business and contracting opportunities that benefit the local economy, provide jobs, and support regional economic development. Estimated completion date is 2026.
Contact: Lindsay Wochnick, City of Hillsboro Water Department
More Information: Hillsboro Water Department; Willamette Water Supply website

 The Willamette River is visible through trees on a sunny day.

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