Tumwater Brewery District Planning Project
J Robertson and Company is coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of architects, urban planners, economists and transportation engineers charged with creating a preferred (re)development program for the Tumwater Brewery District. The team is working closely with a citizen Task Force, City staff, property owners, tenants and other stakeholders to identify transportation and mobility improvements, land use and design code strategies and key redevelopment opportunities. Over 120 neighbors and other interested parties attended the first community open house. Public feedback was used to generate a project vision and goals package and three distinct design and development alternatives. The public will be invited to help define a preferred alternative on June 20, 2013. After a preferred framework is selected, the team will propose design code amendments, host a Main Street Workshop for District property owners and recommend implementation strategies for redevelopment opportunity sites and multi-modal transportation updates.
Tualatin Community Revitalization Plan
Following the update of the Tualatin Tomorrow Community Vision in 2013, the City of Tualatin hired JRO to develop a Community Revitalization Plan as part of a competition entry for the America's Best Communities (ABC)Competition, a national contest sponsored by Frontier Communications. The ABC initiative was hyper-focused on one specific target: connecting youth and underserved populations to STEAM education and CTE training to align with Tualatin's advanced manufacturing industry base. In addition to providing jobs and personal growth opportunities for residents, the plan focuses on beginning to develop a workforce pipeline for a large cross-section of their employers.
As part of the short-term plan, they intend to develop a mobile maker space and associated programming. Longer-term, the community intends to supplement the mobile maker space with a permanent Community Career and Creative Center. The Center would provide space to add larger maker equipment, conduct classes and workshops and integrate performing arts.
Hillsboro Sustainability Task Force
Simultaneous to developing the Hillsboro 2020 Vision Plan, JRO also served as advisor to the Hillsboro Sustainability Task Force (HSTF). As part of the Hillsboro 2020 Plan, the HSTF was charged with developing a community-wide sustainability plan. HSTF used input from the Hillsboro 2020 Plan and Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan outreach effort to frame sustainability plan initiatives, and worked with constituent members – representing small and large business, environmental groups, regulators and other interests – to develop indicator metrics and specific actions. The resulting Environmental Sustainability Plan was then adopted as a standalone document by Council, and integrated into the 2035 Community Plan as a core theme.
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