Park Place Concept Plan

River and TreesIn 2002, nearly 500 acres of rural land located just east of Oregon City was brought into the Portland Metropolitan Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to accommodate future growth. The Park Place Concept Plan was developed to help the City of Oregon City prepare for this growth by working with local citizens, area stakeholders, and local and regional jurisdictions to develop a common vision for the area. This vision provides a framework for growth that respects and augments the area's context, history, and natural systems. The Park Place Concept Plan emphasizes good urban design, multi-modal connectivity, opportunities for place-making and cultivating community, diversity, and, above all, a way to provide for future growth in a sustainable manner. Ultimately, the Park Place Concept Plan will ensure that the land brought in is planned in an efficient and sustainable manner that will maximize the use of the available lands while protecting the natural resources in the study area.

Key components of the Park Place Concept Plan include: 

  • Two primary north-south connections between Holcomb Boulevard and Redland Road (Swan Avenue and Holly Lane)
  • Two distinct mixed-use neighborhoods (North Village and South Village) accommodating 1,459 new dwelling units
  • Neighborhood-oriented commercial nodes that integrate commercial land uses, residential land uses, and public open space
  • An area for a new civic institution, like a library or community center
  • An 8 to 10-acre community park and a 3 to 5-acre neighborhood park
  • A mix of housing types and ranges of affordability
  • An extensive system of off-street and on-street trails and pedestrian/bicycle connections
  • Innovative, green on-site stormwater treatment methods
  • Protected sensitive areas, including drainages and steep slopes
  • Streets and buildings oriented for solar access
  • The use of green edges to define neighborhoods and buffer developments
  • Integration of parks and open spaces into existing and future neighborhoods