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Tigard OKs downtown implementation strategy

The plan includes three key strategies with 30 supporting actions, a three-year action plan and a one-year work program

TIGARD - The City Center Development Agency on Aug. 8 adopted the Tigard Downtown Implementation Strategy.

The strategy is the key document used to organize and prioritize polices and actions related the improvement of the downtown area.

The City Council, whose members serve as the agency board, reviewed the strategy at its June 20 work session, and only minor modifications have been made since then, according to Phil Nachbar, downtown senior planner.

He noted that the strategy was developed by researching the Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan and the Tigard Urban Renewal Plan.

In addition to the City Center Advisory Commission and City Council, the strategy received input from the city's executive and planning staffs as well as the chairman of the Streetscape Working Group.

It includes three key strategies with 30 supporting actions, a three-year action plan and a one-year work program.

The key strategies include encouraging and facilitating redevelopment projects in downtown, improving Fanno Creek Park and developing an open space system, and developing comprehensive street and circulation improvements.

For more than three years, citizen groups have been working on ways to revitalize the downtown area, which is roughly bordered by Pacific Highway, Hall Boulevard and Fanno Creek.

Voters in May approved an urban renewal measure to provide funds for improvements over the next 20 years.