Pleasant Valley Concept Plan

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The Pleasant Valley Concept Plan followed a 1998 regional decision to bring the area inside the urban growth boundary. The concept plan will guide the valley?s urbanization and serve as a model for future concept planning efforts.


Pleasant Valley Concept Plan moves forward

The Pleasant Valley Concept Plan is both a vision and guide for creating a new 1,532-acre community located south of Gresham and east of Portland. The concept plan follows a December 1998 regional decision to bring the area inside the urban growth boundary. The central theme of the plan is to create an urban community through the integration of land use, transportation and natural resource elements.

On May 14, 2002, the Pleasant Valley Steering Committee recommended the Pleasant Valley Concept Plan map and implementation strategies to the six participating jurisdictions. The recommendations identified key concepts and policy direction for future implementation efforts. This planning process was a joint effort by the cities of Gresham, Portland and Happy Valley; Clackamas and Multnomah counties and Metro. The consultant team was led by OTAK, Inc. The effort was partially funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

Creation of the plan was guided by a 23-member steering committee that included valley residents and property owners; Gresham, Portland and Happy Valley planning commissioners; Multnomah and Clackamas counties, Metro; area business and neighborhood associations, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Centennial School District and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

The plan envisions a community of 12,000 people and 5,000 jobs organized around a framework of environmentally sensitive lands. Key components include:

  • a town center
  • eight walkable neighborhoods, each with a neighborhood park and a variety of housing types
  • a community park and a trail system connecting the neighborhoods to the regional trail system
  • a new public elementary school and middle school
  • two neighborhood mixed-use centers
  • two employment districts

The area will be served by a reorganization of the valley’s arterial and collector road system to create a connected transportation network, including transit service, while limiting the number of stream crossings. A noteworthy feature of the plan is a ‘green’ stormwater management system to capture and filter stormwater close to the source by extensive tree planting, green street designs, open channel stormwater conveyance and filtration and strategically placed stormwater management facilities.

Information about how the concept plan will be implemented is available on the City of Gresham website... Visit the City of Gresham Pleasant Valley Concept Plan website.

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