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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.

    Review historical permits

    Projects in progress

    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 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 (DCPU)

    The goal of the DCPU project is to make the City's Development Code:

    • Easier to understand and navigate
    • More responsive to Gresham's development climate

    The project includes:

    • Updating design district standards and guidelines
    • Clarifying review processes
    • Creating standards for signs
    • Supporting innovative housing projects

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    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.

    Housing Needs Analysis

    This project will:

    • Review demographics data, including race, ethnicity and age, as well as people experiencing disabilities and/or houselessness.
    • Develop a 20-year housing needs projection.
    • Develop an inventory of buildable lands.
    • Determine residential land needs.
    • Recommend changes, if needed, to Gresham’s comprehensive plan and land use regulations.

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    Housing Production Strategy

    The Housing Production Strategy (HPS) project will create a plan to address Gresham’s unmet housing needs. This plan will include tools, policies and actions. The project will include a focus on housing equity and will include public input. The project is part of the City’s overall  housing efforts.

    The Housing Production Strategy is the second phase of a three-phase project to support a variety of housing options and housing production needed to achieve fair and equitable housing for Gresham’s diverse population. 

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    Middle Housing

    The Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2001 in 2019 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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    Neighborhood Tree Plan

    The City’s Urban Forestry Subcommittee will engage Neighborhood Associations and community members to develop neighborhood tree plans. The tree plans are intended to help preserve and grow the number of healthy trees in each of Gresham’s neighborhoods.

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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 Routes

    The City will complete two bicycle route projects in 2021 thanks to Metro grants:

    • Wy'East Way Signage
    • Rockwood Bike Route

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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.

    For more information, contact Carly Rice, Transportation Planner at 503-618-2818 or

    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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