Baby steps toward Town Center plan
Councilor will be appointed chair of task force Jan. 5
The Town Center development in east Wilsonville is getting a facelift. After years of talk and consideration of doing a major update to make the center more modern and pedestrian friendly, a 2015 Metro Council grant to help fund the Town Center master plan kickstarted serious planning. But the City isn't making any hard decisions of what the facelift will entail until it can gather community input.
Since Wilsonville was incorporated in 1968, visions for how the Town Center area should look have been planned, re-planned and then eventually built with even more changes. The most recent call for redevelopment didn't gain any real traction until the Metro Council approved a $320,000 grant request to fund the bulk of costs for the City of Wilsonville's Town Center master plan proposal in September of 2015. The planning of the project comes in at an estimated $420,000, with the City contributing $100,000. Once funds were secured, the City Council signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Metro in March 2016. In August 2016, the City contracted with MIG, Inc. to aid the Community Development staff in establishing the scope of work and schedule of the project.
The City unveiled its first action plans for community involvement and project advancement at the Dec. 22 Planning Commission meeting. During the meeting, Long-range Planning Manager and project lead Miranda Bateschell outlined the Public Engagement Plan, giving an overview of creating a citizen task force, holding stakeholder meetings and conducting in-person and online interviews and surveys to gauge the hopes and desires of community members.
At the Jan. 5 City Council meeting, the City Council is anticipated to nominate and select one of its members as the chair of the Town Center Plan Task Force. Staff expects appointments for the approximately 15 member task force to occur in 2017.