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Planning Projects

  • Urban Design and Planning works with residents to develop a vision for the community and charts the course to make this vision a reality.

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    Development planning projects

    Development Planning works with developers and the general public to ensure proposed developments will meet the community's land use regulations in the planning and zoning code.

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    Comprehensive planning projects

    Comprehensive Planning manages the long term land use plans and policies that shape our city's development and establish goals for its future.

  • Civic Neighborhood Vision and Design District Update

    The vision/goals and development rules for the Civic Neighborhood were more than 20 years old. This project provided an opportunity to update the vision and ensure rules and processes match the vision and encourage desired and well-designed development.

    This project page also provides updates on current and future development going into the Civic Neighborhood.

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    Development Code and Process Updates

    This multiyear project identifies and implements code and process changes to make the Development Code easier to understand, more efficient to navigate, and more responsive to the current development climate. The project will focus on restructured design district standards and guidelines, targeted code updates, utilization of graphics and development review process improvements that support high quality projects and clear, predictable reviews.

    Complementing other staff work to improve the Development Code and promote development to enhance the built environment, this effort will also create a framework for the format, language and organization of current and future development code updates. While underway, the project will also coordinate with and inform other ongoing and new development code updates, including standards for signs and innovative housing projects. 

    Environmental Overlay Code and Map Update

    This project will ensure the City's environmental overlays and land use districts are based on the most accurate GIS data available, and that the associated Development Code provisions are clearer and more user friendly. 

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    Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan

    The City and Metro are asking neighbors and community members:

    • What are the best ways to connect people with nature?
    • How can we improve visitor access to Gabbert Butte in the southern part of Gresham?
    • Where can we create more welcoming entryways and trailheads?
    • How can we improve the trail system and enhance connections with nearby trails?

    The planning process to create a Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan began in 2017.

    View Gabbert Butte project details.

    Middle Housing

    The Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2001 during the 2019 regular session to encourage the development of middle housing types across the state. By June 30, 2022, Gresham is required by the bill to update its development code to:

    • Allow duplexes on any lot that allows single-family dwellings
    • Allow all middle housing types in any area zoned to allow single-family detached dwellings

    View Middle Housing project details.

    Sign Code Update

    Gresham’s Sign Code has not been significantly revised in at least 20 years. Although many parts of it work well, others require clarification, improvement or updating to meet current design goals, account for newer technology and clarify code standards.

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  • Transportation projects

    Transportation Planning develops and implements the City's Transportation System Plan (TSP), guides transportation policy development, and coordinates transportation issues related to land development.

  • Active Transportation Plan

    The City is asking:

    • Which places are important to you to get to? Examples: jobs, schools, grocery stores
    • What makes it difficult to get to those places by walking or using a bicycle?
    • What are the most important places to make it safer and more enjoyable to walk or ride a bicycle?
    • What is most important to you about active transportation?

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    Bicycle Map and Wayfinding Signs

    Area residents (and avid bicyclists) Greg Olson and Jeff Corcoran volunteered more than 200 hours to help staff identify bike routes, the best locations, and information to include on the bike signs. The money saved by their volunteer hours allowed the City to use the majority of the grant funds for this project, $50,000, to make and install the signs that otherwise wouldn't have been possible. 

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    Clackamas to Columbia Corridor

    This project will deliver a plan for improving north-south travel in the Portland Metro area east of Interstate 205.

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    Emerging Transportation Technologies

    This project explores potential impacts and opportunities related to new transportation technologies. We are looking at how to address near-term issues most relevant to Gresham.

    One area of focus is shared micromobility, which refers to bikes, scooters and other small vehicles shared by users and not personally owned.

    We are looking to the community to better understand thoughts and concerns around this type of transportation.

    Please take this survey to share your thoughts.

    Pleasant Valley Transportation System Plan Refinements

    The goal of the Pleasant Valley Transportation System Plan Refinements project is to determine how the streets of Pleasant Valley can function adequately in the future. 

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    Powell-Division Project

    The goal of the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project is to plan for more reliable and rapid bus transit between Portland and Gresham (including Mt. Hood Community College), and also look at opportunities for making even more vibrant, healthy neighborhoods along the route.

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    Sandy Boulevard Project

    This project will provide for a number of improvements to Sandy Boulevard including additional turn lanes, traffic signals, a multi-use path, lane re-striping, new street trees, rain gardens, planter strips, street lights, and improved access to 19 acres of vacant, state-certified industrial land.

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