Urban Design Plan for the North Bethany Main Street

 

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

The North Bethany Main Street is about 13-acres 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.

The funded planning effort for this project is now complete. The North Bethany Main Street Urban Design Final Report includes recommendations for new dimensional and design standards for the NCMU NB district, customized design standards for Kaiser-facing frontages of the R-25+ NB and R-24 NB sites, as well as recommended street furnishings for the Main Street Area. The final UDP recommendations will move forward for adoption through Ordinance No. 838. Visit the 2018 Land Use Ordinances webpage for ordinance details.


Public Events

May 1, Washington County Long Range Planning hosted a second Open House at Springville K-8 School to obtain public feedback on the updated North Bethany Main Street Urban Design Plan options. Please use the comment box at the bottom of the page to submit comments or ask a question about the following posters that were at the May 1 Open House:

Background information from adopted North Bethany Subarea plan

  1. What is the Main Street?
  2. Urban Design Plan –Why?
  3. Main Street Elements –Overview
  4. Land Use Districts within the Main Street: Residential 24 Units per Acre (R-24) and Residential 25 or More Units per Acre (R-25+)
  5. Land Use Districts within the Main Street: Neighborhood Commercial Mixed Use (NCMU)
  6. Community Gateways
  7. Main Street connects Future Parks and a Civic Use


Urban Design Plan

  1. Urban Design Plan: Overview
  2. Priority Pedestrian Streets
  3. Priority Streets Elements
  4. Cross Sections
  5. Building Height and Emphasized Corners
  6. Building Length and Orientation
  7. Setbacks
  8. Frontage Occupancy
  9. Weather Protection
  10. Transparency
  11. Building Articulation
  12. Building Materials
  13. Parking and Loading
  14. Landscaping
  15. Street Furniture Options
  16. Gateway Options
  17. Kaiser Road within the Main Street
  18. Transit Considerations
  19. Urban Design Plan – Timeline & Next Steps


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The following posters were displayed at the Feb. 26 Open House:

Feb. 26 North Bethany Main Street Open House Posters (All)


        Background information from adopted North Bethany Subarea plan

  1. North Bethany Subarea Plan: An Overview
  2. North Bethany Subarea Land Use Districts
  3. North Bethany Subarea Primary Streets
  4. North Bethany Subarea Parks, Trails and Pedestrian Connections
  5. What is the Main Street?
  6. Urban Design Plan – Why?
  7. Main Street Elements – Overview
  8. Kaiser Road within the Main Street
  9. Land Use Districts within the Main Street: Residential 24 Units per Acre (R-24) and Residential 25 or More Units per Acre (R-25+)
  10. Land Use Districts within the Main Street: Neighborhood Commercial Mixed Use (NCMU)
  11. Main Street connects Future Parks and a Civic Use

    Urban Design Plan

  1. Civic Use Examples – Which Do You Prefer? (blank)  Civic Use - Open House Results
  2. Community Gateways
  3. Overview: Urban Design Plan
  4. Priority Pedestrian Streets
  5. Priority Streets Elements
  6. Setbacks & Weather Protection
  7. Building Height (NCMU)
  8. Building Design Treatments – NCMU (Length, Articulation)
  9. Building Design Treatments – NCMU (Ground Floor Transparency, Building Materials)
  10. Street Furniture Options (blank)  Street Furniture - Open House Results
  11. Gateway Options (blank)  Gateway Options - Open House Results
  12. Main Street “Wish List”
  13. Transit Considerations
  14. Urban Design Plan – Timeline & Next Steps 

 

View the Feb. 26 Open House summary - an overview of feedback received from the first North Bethany Main Street Open House.


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Meetings

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #4,
April 5, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 68, 13545 NW Evergreen Street

Agenda
Summary


Project Advisory Committee Meeting #3,
Jan. 18, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 68, 13545 NW Evergreen Street

Agenda
Summary


Project Advisory Committee Meeting #2,
Dec. 14, 2017,
1 to 3 p.m.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 68, 13545 NW Evergreen Street

Agenda
Summary

 

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #1,
Oct. 19, 2017

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 68, 13545 NW Evergreen Street

Agenda
Summary


Background

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:

Fall 2017 to February 2018:

  • Urban Design Plan (UDP) options were developed 

  • Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meetings 1 –3: Discussed Main Street context, UDP considerations, and UDP options §UDP options were modified to incorporate PAC feedback 

  • Feb.  26: Open House #1 presents UDP options for public review and feedback

Spring 2018:

  • Recommended UDP options will be selected and refined based on public feedback

  • PAC Meeting 4: Review and comment on draft recommended UDP options

  • Recommended UDP options will be refined to incorporate PAC feedback

  • Open House #2: Presentation of recommended UDP options for public review and comment

  • Recommended UDP options will be refined based on public feedback

Late Spring  to Fall 2018:

  • County staff file a land use ordinance for adoption of North Bethany Main Street Urban Design Plan

  • Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners hold public hearings on the ordinance

  • Board of Commissioners issues a decision to adopt, adopt with modifications, or reject the ordinance

  • The adopted ordinance effective date would likely be November 22, 2018


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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