Livability, land-use options, natural resource protection among key topics

The public is invited to participate in a visioning workshop for the South Cooper Mountain development concept and community plans on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Scholls Heights Elementary School cafeteria, 16400 S.W. Loon Drive.

City officials are seeking to engage the public in crafting a vision for South Cooper Mountain while addressing long-term livability, transportation solutions, land use options, natural resource protection, and other key issues.

The workshop is part of the city’s planning effort for what’s known as Area 6B, the recently annexed 2,300-acre area of South Cooper Mountain to the southwest of Central Beaverton. The workshop will build on initial mapping and study of the area’s existing conditions and needs while continuing the extensive community participation initiated through a month-long online survey and an open house held in May.

“The protection and enhancement of natural resources is one of the key guiding principles for the process,” said Valerie Sutton, senior planner for the city’s Community and Economic Development Department. “Although no individual concept plan will solve all regional transportation problems, it can identify improvements that contribute to solutions and provide transportation options.”

The South Cooper Mountain concept plan will provide the overall vision and framework for how the area will be developed over the next 20 to 50 years. The more detailed community plans will determine how the area will accommodate future housing, commercial areas, transportation and utility infrastructure, trails and parks, and public facilities.

The Beaverton City Council was updated on the project’s planning process on Tuesday night, with a focus on issues related to housing densities and lot sizes, transportation planning including feeder streets and arterials, preservation of natural areas and trails and school district boundary mapping.

Staff from the city’s Community and Economic Development Department and Angelo Planning Group, the development consultant group hired by the city will present a further update to the Council in September.

The draft concept and community plans, along with proposed implementation and financing strategies, are expected to be complete by fall 2014.

“I highly encourage our residents to attend this workshop,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It’s an opportunity for the public to weigh in on conceptual transportation solutions and provide input on land use and a natural resource protection strategy. Our vision is to truly make this a vibrant and livable community in Beaverton.”

To read the survey and May open house findings, visit

For those unable to attend the workshop, an online version will be available from July 13-29 at

For more information, email Sutton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 503-526-2496.

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