The goal of the Westside Area Concept Plan is to develop an integrated land-use and transportation plan for the 450-acre project area located within the City of Hood River and Hood River County.
The project will address land use, streets, bike ways, pedestrian paths, parks, schools, utilities, and infrastructure funding. It will facilitate the development of workforce and affordable housing, refine the City's Transportation System Plan (TSP) adopted in 2011 and the County’s TSP adopted in 2011, and apply smart growth development strategies. The project will recommend updated comprehensive plan and zoning designations and code changes as needed for the City and County consistent with the project's objectives. Adoptions of the plans are expected to occur following Project completion.
The project was initiated in September, 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in July, 2017. It is funded by a grant from Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management Program.
The Project Area (see below) is located on the west side of Hood River and extends south from Interstate 84 at Exit 62 into a historically low-density residential area that includes numerous vacant parcels.
Project Area Overview
- Contains approximately 450 acres and consists of 577 lots/parcels including developed neighborhoods, vacant and partially vacant lands.
- About 55% of the Project Area is vacant or partially vacant land within residential zones.
- Includes a total of approximately 65 developable acres zoned General Commercial and Light Industrial, located in the northern part of the subarea.
- Includes a 17-acre vacant parcel owned by the Hood River County School District that is being considered for future facility needs.
About 160 acres of the Project Area are located outside the city limits but within the Urban Growth Boundary. An intergovernmental agreement between City and County addresses the County’s management of land use activities in this Urban Growth Area (“UGA”) consistent with City standards until such time that annexation occurs. The City and County were co-applicants for the grant funding this work, and are coordinating on the project.
The Hood River Westside Area Concept Plan is a partnership of the City of Hood River, Hood River County, and the State of Oregon Transportation and Growth Management project.
The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is a volunteer committee consisting of property owners in the study area, representatives of local advocacy groups, Columbia River Treaty tribes, the City of Hood River and other interested parties. It will meet five times during the course of the project to provide guidance to the project team.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is made up of local and state agency representatives who will provide guidance on the project too, particularly in regard to legal requirements, planning and engineering analyses, inter-jurisdictional coordination and similar technical issues.
The public is welcome to attend PAC meetings, and time will be reserved for public comments.
Technical Advisory Committee
- Kevin Liburdy, City Planning Dept. (PMT)
- John Roberts, Director, Hood River County Community Development Dept. (PMT)
- Gail Curtis, Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation and Growth Management Program (PMT)
- Joel Madsen, Executive Director, Mid-Columbia Housing Authority
- Saundra Buchanan (CFO) and Don Benefield (Operations Director), Hood River County School District
- Ron Nails, Co-Director, Columbia Area Transit
- Scott Baker, Hood River Valley Parks District, tentative
- Scott Edelman, Central Oregon Regional Representative, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
- Kim Travis, North Central Regional Solutions Team, Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services
- Avi Tayar, P.E., ODOT Region 1
- Mark Lago, Director, City Public Works and Engineering Dept.
- Mikel Diwan, Director, County Public Works and Engineering Dept., or Don Wiley, County Engineer
- Cindy Walbridge and Jennifer Kaden, City Planning Dept.
- Steve Wheeler, City Manager
- Kip Miller, City Fire Dept.
- Neal Holste, City Police Dept.
* PMT = Project Management Team
- Angelo Planning Group, Land Use & Project Management
- Walker Macy, Urban Design
- DKS Associates, Transportation
- ECONorthwest, Economics and Housing
- David Evans Associates, Infrastructure