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.
Hillsboro Major Projects List
- Read the Public-Private Partnership Case Study: 4th Main
- Read the Public-Private Partnership Case Study: Ron Tonkin Field/Hillsboro Hops
Location: Located between SW 209th and 229th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway.
Type of Development/Description: The innovative 1,400-acre development will include new residences, streets, schools, parks and trails, town and village centers, and a multi-modal transportation network.
# of Units: Approximately 8,000 homes
Current Status: Developers Pahlisch Homes and Newland Communities have begun construction on the three neighborhoods: Rosedale Parks, Reed's Crossing, and Butternut Creek.
Contact: Gregg Snyder, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: South Hillsboro Project
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: A potential roadmap for development (a "concept plan") to submit to Metro so that it considers the City of Hillsboro's request to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to include Witch Hazel Village South
Current Status: City will submit Concept Plan and request to Metro in summer 2018
Contact: Laura Weigel, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: Witch Hazel Village South Project
North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area
Location: East and West of Brookwood Parkway to Sewell Road and North of Evergreen Road to Highway 26
Description: The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area is located in the North Hillsboro Industrial District. The larger District area is home to many of Oregon’s largest and most economically critical industrial businesses and related industrial clusters such as Intel, Genentech, SolarWorld, and Qorvo. According to the Oregon Employment Department, in 2015, fifty-three percent of the City’s total jobs were located in North Hillsboro Industrial District. With a total employment of over 38,000, the District had an annual average wage of over $113,000; 132 percent higher than the Citywide average wage and 204 percent greater than the average wage of the Portland region. Forty-one percent of Oregon’s high tech manufacturing jobs are in Hillsboro, the majority of these in District.
Current Status: The North Hillsboro Industrial Renewal Area currently includes the majority of vacant industrial land in the City and is the location where new technology-oriented jobs will be located. The Industrial Renewal Plan was adopted in December 2015 by the Hillsboro City Council to provide a funding method to assist with financing of necessary infrastructure. This area provides Hillsboro, the Portland region and Oregon with an opportunity to create thousands of well-paying jobs, fulfilling both regional and local goals for managed growth and development. Approximately 1,090 acres are within the area boundary and zoned or designated “Industrial” under the City Comprehensive Plan. This location has seen limited development and a portion is reserved for large lot industrial users (>50 acres). The City team, including Economic Development, Planning, Public Works, Water, and Finance, as well as staff from Washington County Planning and Transportation and Clean Water Services, are working to bring this area to development-ready status. Financial and development planning is ongoing, as well as specific infrastructure projects that are underway or planned.
Contact: Dan Dias, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: North Hillsboro Industrial District Project
Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Plan
Location: The larger Downtown area, totaling 1,108 acres includes the Main Street commercial district; the Baseline/Oak, 10th Avenue, 1st Avenue, and light rail corridors; the southwest industrial area; and portions of downtown area residential neighborhoods.
Description: The City of Hillsboro, through the Hillsboro 2020 Vision, the Downtown Framework Plan and the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan has identified the revitalization of downtown Hillsboro as a high priority. Downtown Hillsboro is the heart of the Hillsboro community, serving as the primary civic gathering spot in the city.
Current Status: Staff from Economic Development, Public Works, Parks, Planning and Police are all active in strategy implementation in the Downtown. Downtown maintenance, pedestrian and bike amenities, support for storefront improvements, cultural and arts support, and events including Tuesday and Saturday markets will continue. A recent focus has been the development of mixed use housing and commercial projects such as the 4th/Main project by Tokola Development. On the arts front, the City provided a real estate loan to Bag&Baggage Theater group to purchase the old bank building on the 4th/Main site for their new performance home. To continue the goal of mixed use housing, the City purchased the vacant Hanks Thriftway site in December 2016 and is preparing development goals for the site, renamed Block 67. The City will seek private developer(s) to partner with to bring a new mixed-use project to Downtown over the next few years.
Contact: Karla Antonini, City of Hillsboro Economic Development Department
More Information: Downtown Hillsboro Revitalization Project
Description: The City is working with community partners to create a wayfinding system that conveys “you have arrived to an amazing community!” We want to ensure this system reflects the great things that are growing in Hillsboro, generates community pride, helps locals and visitors navigate and discover our history, culture, parks, resources and businesses.
Current Status: After input from stakeholders, a final design was created, including pedestrian, vehicular and parking directional signs, info kiosks, street name signs, welcome gateways and banners. Phase one installation included Downtown banners, pedestrian and parking signs, and info kiosks. Continued phased installation will be based on sign priorities and funding.
Contact: Corinne Weiss, City of Hillsboro Communications and Marketing Manager
More Information: Wayfinding Project
Transportation System Plan Update
Description: Revising the master plan for the city’s future transportation infrastructure investments
Current Status: Council will adopt the plan in mid-2019
Contact: Brad Choi, City of Hillsboro Planning Department
More Information: Transportation System Plan Update
Hillsboro Willamette River Future Water Supply
Location: The Willamette River at Wilsonville to the Hillsboro area
Description: The City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) are partnering to develop the mid-Willamette River at Wilsonville as an additional regional water supply source by 2026. The entire system is being designed to withstand the impacts of a large earthquake or other natural disasters so that water service can be restored quickly after an event. The Program includes building a modified intake on the Willamette River, a new water filtration plant, water supply tanks, and more than 30 miles of large-diameter water transmission pipelines traveling north from Wilsonville, through Beaverton, and into Hillsboro – all built to modern seismic standards.
Current Status: The WWSP has divided this major water infrastructure 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. Completed projects or those currently under construction include:
- Kinsman Road Partnership Project (2016-2018): Installed a half mile of new large-diameter water pipeline in Wilsonville during the Kinsman Road extension.
- 124th Avenue Partnership Project (2016-2018): Extending 124th Avenue north from Wilsonville to Tualatin-Sherwood Road and installing a portion of new large-diameter water pipeline.
- South Hillsboro Area Pipeline Project (2017-2022): Installing two sections of new large-diameter water pipeline in coordination with Cornelius Pass Road improvements. New water pipeline will be installed just north of the Cornelius Pass/TV Highway intersection to Francis Street and in the future Cornelius Pass Road right-of-way south of Blanton Street to Rosedale Road.
- Wilsonville Area Pipeline Project (2018-2022): Construct new large-diameter water pipeline along with the 5th Street/Kinsman Road.
- Scholls Area Pipeline Project (2018-2024): Widen Roy Rogers Road from Scholls Ferry south past Bull Mountain Road and install move than seven miles of new large-diameter water pipeline.
Contact: Lindsay Wochnick, City of Hillsboro Water Department
More Information: Hillsboro Water Department homepage; Willamette Water Supply homepage
NE Starr Boulevard Water Pipeline Installation
Location: NE Starr Blvd between NE Evergreen Road and NW Meek Road
Description: To support future commercial and industrial growth in North Hillsboro, the Hillsboro Water Department is installing 4,600 feet of 18-inch ductile iron water pipeline on NE Starr Blvd (previously named NE 41st and NE 253rd Avenue) between NE Evergreen Road and NW Meek Road. The new pipeline will tie into existing water infrastructure in NE Evergreen Road. Funds for this project come from developer contributions to the Water system development charge fund, and from the Oregon Business Development Department.
Current Status: The project kicked off on Apr. 16, 2018, and is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.
Contact: Nesh Mucibabic, Principal Engineer; 503-615-6702
Jackson School Road Project
Location: Jackson School Road between NE Grant Street and NW Evergreen Road
Description: NE Jackson School Road between NE Grant Street and NW Evergreen Road is a collector street serving as a north-south link between downtown Hillsboro and Highway 26. Jackson School Road is currently a two lane roadway with an intermittent center turn lane, intermittent sidewalks, limited roadway lighting, and no bicycle facilities. Improving the Jackson School Road corridor has been part of the area’s Transportation System Plan for more than four decades. The City of Hillsboro took charge of the project from Washington County in 2015.
Currently, NE Jackson School Road is a two-lane roadway with an intermittent center turn lane, intermittent sidewalks, limited roadway lighting, and no bicycle facilities. The JSRP will provide balanced access to and from NE Jackson School Road to adjacent residential neighborhoods for all modes of travel, and:
- Improve the corridor to provide one-way cycle tracks along both sides of NE Jackson School Road
- Construct sidewalks and install street lighting over its entire length
- Add a center turn lane to provide safety for left turning vehicles on to and off of the roadway
- Construct new creek/drainage crossings
- Construct a roundabout at the intersection of NE Jackson School Road and NE Harewood Street
- Plant new street trees
In April 2018, Hillsboro City Council voted to change the Jackson School Road Project's design and underground all utilities in the public right-of-way on both sides of the road.
Current Status: The project is currently in the right-of-way acquisition process as of late November 2017, and expected to be complete in February 2020. Affected residents have been notified. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019, with an estimated final completion in winter 2022.
Contact: Scott Dreher, City of Hillsboro Public Works Department
More Information: Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/JacksonSchool
There are no public facilities project updates at this time.
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 project webpage
South Hillsboro Neighborhood Parks
Location: Located between SW 209th and 229th, and Rosedale Road and TV Highway
Type of Development: Two proposed parks in the Rosedale Parks and Butternut Creek developments.
Current Status: Master plans are complete, construction in 2018
Contact: Laurie DeVos, City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
More Information: South Hillsboro Neighborhood Parks project webpage
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 project webpage