The City of Wilsonville has named members of the public to serve on an advisory task force for the Wilsonville Town Center Plan. The 26-member task force is composed of a wide variety of local residents, business owners and stakeholders who are responsible for reviewing key information and ultimately providing recommendations to the Planning Commission and the City Council at key milestones of the Wilsonville Town Center Plan project.
Project Manager Miranda Bateschell, the City’s Long-Range Planning Manager, said, “I am very excited about the membership of the Wilsonville Town Center Plan Task Force. We have a good mix of residents, community-based organizations, and property and business owners, which represent a vast range of perspectives, experiences and even ages. We look forward to hearing all of their ideas and working with them to broaden our community outreach efforts.”
Task Force meetings are open to the public and to be held at Wilsonville City Hall. The date of the first task force meeting is yet to be determined, and likely scheduled for March shortly after the community kick-off event.
The City is hosting a public kick-off event for the Wilsonville Town Center Plan on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5:30–8:00 p.m., at City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East, in Wilsonville. An informational presentation and activities begin at 6 p.m. and light refreshments are being provided.
The Wilsonville Town Center Plan Task Force, which plans to meets six times during the 18-month long planning process, includes:
Susan Myers, an asset manager for Capital Realty that developed the Town Center shopping center and nearby office building
Richard (Dick) Spence, Wilsonville Community Sharing board member and a Wilsonville resident
The Wilsonville Town Center Plan seeks to provide a community-driven vision for the Town Center area and strategic actions that establish a clear path forward to advancing the vision. The plan is to guide future development in Town Center to create a cohesive, unified district that enhances existing assets in the area and sets the stage for new development and investment. Potential strategies include new projects, programs, partnerships, or policies that foster an attractive and accessible place for visitors and residents of all ages to shop, eat, live, work, learn and play within the Town Center area.
Wilsonville City Councilor Kristin Akervall and chair of the task force states, “We know from the City’s community surveys that Wilsonville residents desire to have a more identifiable down-town or main street to serve as a central gathering place for our community. This planning process aims to identify strategies to do just that.”
The planning area, which covers approximately 100 acres and encompasses the properties north of Wilsonville Road, within and adjacent to Town Center Loop, also includes a project team that is completing a technical analysis to evaluate the economic, transportation, stormwater and land-use conditions within the study area. Overall the plan is expected to be completed in early 2018 with the proposed adoption by the Wilsonville City Council. The project includes numerous community workshops and events that are to be held throughout the process.
Funding for the long-range planning process comes from a Metro Community Planning and Development Grant with matching funds from the City’s Urban Renewal Agency.
To sign up for project updates, be notified of upcoming events and to get more information visit www.wilsonvilletowncenter.com or contact Miranda Bateschell, Long-Range Planning Manager, at 503-570-1581, firstname.lastname@example.org .