Public Involvement & Events

On ONoCoopMtLogoctober 29, 2014, Washington County held its first open house to discuss with area residents the proposed land use changes for the North Cooper Mountain area. Seventy- five people attended the event at Errol Hassell Elementary School to share their thoughts with county staff, consultants and service provider representatives. 

Maps were displayed for area transportation, land use, and resource proposals and copies were provided of proposed text amendments to the county's Development Code and the Aloha-Reedville-Cooper Mountain Community Plan. The proposals are identical to those first presented at the City of Beaverton's August 11, 2014 Open House at Scholls Heights Elementary School. 

Transportation: 

Transportation-related issues generated the most conversation among open house attendees. The majority of comments addressed congestion and whether existing and future road improvements can accommodate new development expected for the South Cooper Mountain Annexation area. Safety concerns resulting from urban-to-urban traffic traversing unimproved Collectors and Arterial roadways were noted in multiple conversations and submitted in written comments. Participants voiced a strong preference for diverting regionally-based traffic around Cooper Mountain using Tile Flat and Clark Hill Roads. Many comments responded to the proposed improvements to SW 175th Avenue and the future alignment needed to connect SW 175th Avenue and SW 185th Avenue. 
Comments included:

  • requests to not improve the "kink" since it currently acts to calm traffic 
  • divert any future funding to improve 175th Ave to other priorities 
  • improve the existing alignment of 190th Ave, Gassner and Kemmer Roads as an alternative to extending 185th Ave, and 
  • preference for a straight alignment of the 185th Ave extension


Land Use Designations: 

New land use designations proposed for North Cooper Mountain includes the R6 District (up to six dwelling units/acre) for the northern third of the subarea and a new county land use designation specific to the North Cooper Mountain area - the R1 CM District –for the southern two thirds of the area. A number of area residents that reside in the proposed R6 District expressed concern about potential changes that may occur to the existing residential character from an increase in housing density. 

Other issues that were addressed by staff or included in the written comments at the Open House included better provision of transit for the Cooper Mountain area, requirement of chains during winter for major roads in the area, concerns over placement of the proposed Cooper Mountain Regional Trail alignment, and requests for tree grove protection. Staff will continue to monitor these and other concerns in moving forward.


Join us at an upcoming Open House

North Cooper Mountain Open HouseSchool House Clip Art
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM

18100 SW Bany Road, Aloha

Over the last eighteen months, the City of Beaverton has engaged area residents in concept planning for the Cooper Mountain area, which includes the South Cooper Mountain Annexation Area, North Cooper Mountain, and the Urban Reserve that separates the two areas. Public outreach has included an online visioning workshop, three open house events, surveys, and online comments. All have helped to shape the draft concept plan for these three areas.

As the final community planning for North Cooper Mountain transitions from the City of Beaverton to Washington County, an open house specific to North Cooper Mountain planning is scheduled the evening of October 29 at Errol Hassell Elementary School from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Staff from Washington County and the City of Beaverton will be available to discuss land use, transportation and natural resources proposals for this area, as well as the broader Concept Plan and next steps.

Current proposals for North Cooper Mountain are in the draft stage. Residents of North Cooper Mountain and interested citizens are encouraged to attend and share their ideas and concerns with staff.

For more information, please contact Washington County Long Range Planning at (503) 846-3519 or email lutplan@co.washington.or.us