Urban Design Plan for the North Bethany Main Street

Contact: Suzanne Savin, senior planner | 503-846-3963

The North Bethany Main Street is an approximately 13-acre area near the center of the North Bethany community, bisected by NW Kaiser Road. The purpose of the Main Street is to provide a mixed-use commercial area within easy walking distance from surrounding homes. 

Before development applications for properties within the Main Street can be approved, the North Bethany Subarea Plan requires an Urban Design Plan (UDP) for the area to be developed. Long Range Planning is starting the process to develop the UDP for the Main Street, with the assistance of a team of design consultants from Otak and a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) composed of key stakeholders including representatives from Community Participation Organization (CPO) 7, development interests and service agencies.

North Bethany Main Street and Neighborhood Features

 

The Main Street's mixed-use commercial area is intended to create a "complete" community, where daily needs and services can be met with multiple transportation modes (on foot, by bicycle and by car) and without the need for long trips.

Map of North Bethany Main Street and Neighborhood features - close up

 

The Main Street area contains all of the land with North Bethany's highest intensity commercial land use designation, the Neighborhood Commercial –Mixed Use (NCMU NB) District. The Main Street area also contains portions of land with North Bethany's highest density residential designations - Residential 25 Units or More per Acre (R-25+) District and Residential 24 Units per Acre (R-24). In addition, the Main Street area contains portions of the Park Blocks and the future East Community Park. 

The UDP will address design and dimensional standards for the Main Street area as required by the North Bethany Subarea Plan's Main Street Program Guide, including building orientation and setbacks, building height limits, building articulation and façade treatments, locational requirements for off-street parking and loading, and streetscape elements. Creation and adoption of the UDP will allow commercial and mixed-use development to occur in the Main Street area.


Timeline

The anticipated timeline for the project is as follows:

Early to mid fall 2017:
  • PAC Meeting #1: kickoff and context setting
  • Otak and staff develop two to three Urban Design Plan alternatives

Late fall to early winter 2017:

  • PAC Meeting #2: review and comment on Urban Design Plan alternatives
  • Otak and staff modify the alternatives to incorporate PAC feedback
Winter 2017:
  • Public Open House #1: present Urban Design Plan alternatives for review and comment
  • Otak and staff select and refine a preferred UDP alternative based on feedback
  • PAC Meeting #3: review and comment on draft recommended UDP alternative
  • Otak and staff refine the preferred UDP alternative to incorporate PAC feedback

Spring 2018:

  • Public Open House #2: presentation of preferred UDP alternative for review and comment
  • Otak and staff refine the preferred UDP alternative based on feedback

The intent is for Long Range Planning to file a land use ordinance in spring 2018 for adoption of the North Bethany Main Street Urban Design Plan. Once the ordinance becomes effective, development applications for properties within the North Bethany Main Street could be submitted. 





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