In March, 2014, City Council approved a plan text amendment to the Tualatin Development Code to allow for greater flexibility and to support transit use. The code changes were effective on April 24, 2014. For details about the new regulations see the information sheet and checklist.
The city will continue to provide valuable input to the Southwest Corridor work, and integrate Linking Tualatin with these efforts as options for future high capacity transit in the region are refined over the next year. For the latest information about the Southwest Corridor Plan, visit the project page.
All the hard work by our community was acknowledged by City Council and the Linking Tualatin Final Plan was accepted on June 24, 2013.The City Council also directed staff to take several actions including:
- submit the accepted Linking Tualatin Final Plan to Metro;
- review the Linking Tualatin Final Plan and propose code changes that will allow for greater flexibility and support transit use;
- review the list of recommended local street connections in the accepted Linking Tualatin Final Plan and recommend those to be included in a future Capital Improvement Plan as funding becomes available;
- review paths and trails unique to the accepted Linking Tualatin Final Plan and recommend those to be included in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update process; and
- continue to provide input reflecting the accepted Linking Tualatin Final Plan to the Southwest Corridor Plan and the TriMet Southwest Service Enhancement Study processes.
After outreach activities over the summer and fall of 2012, the project reached out to property owners and businesses in several neighborhoods in spring of 2013; discussing how these recommendations may be implemented and the potential affects to properties or businesses. The project staff spoke with property owners about the project and opened a continuing dialog about land use and transportation changes.
What's Linking Tualatin?
- Studying land use, employment and transit in our city.
- Looking for ways to help employees and residents get to and from their jobs more easily, and identifying ways to reduce car use, while improving walking and bicycle connections.
- Focusing on major employment areas such as the Tualatin Town Center, Nyberg Woods and Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Bridgeport Village, the Leveton District, and the rest of the city's western industrial area.
The Linking Tualatin plan was prepared to provide better transit opportunities for Tualatin residents and workers in the future.
The plan is related to the Metro Southwest Corridor Plan (SW Corridor Plan) that integrates multiple efforts:
- Local land use plans to identify actions and investments that support livable communities
- A corridor refinement plan to examine the function, mode and general location of transportation improvements
- The transit alternatives analysis to define the best mode and alignment of high capacity transit (HCT) - likely bus rapid transit (BRT) or MAX light rail - to serve the corridor.
The SW Corridor Plan is a partnership among:
- Multnomah & Washington Counties
- Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
- Cities of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Lake Oswego, Portland, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin.
The SW Corridor includes not only the area within Tualatin immediately along U.S. 99W but also the western industrial area, the Tualatin Town Center, and the Bridgeport Village area.
How to Stay Informed
No public meetings are scheduled at this time, but check this page or the City Calendar to stay informed about future meeting information..
Cindy Hahn, AICP
[Webpage updated 7/11/2013]