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   >>Imagine Future Vision
Behind the Scenes
Vision of Main Street
"Our vision of Downtown Tigard is a vibrant and active urban village at the heart of our community that is pedestrian oriented, accessible by many modes of transportation, recognizes and uses natural resources as an asset, and features a combination of uses that enable people to live, work, play, and shop in an environment that is uniquely Tigard."
(Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan)
The Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan (TDIP) (13 MB) is the result of three years of hard work by a volunteer Task Force and the Tigard community. The Downtown Improvement Plan is a 20 to 30 year blueprint that will guide the development of Downtown Tigard into a vibrant, mixed-use urban village. Downtown will serve as the "green heart" of Tigard: a central gathering place for the community to live, work, and play, that will incorporate environmental ideas, such as providing open space, protecting Fanno Creek, and designing new streets that reduce stormwater runoff.

Because of the Downtown Improvement Plan citizen involvement process, Tigard was awarded the 2005 Good Governance Award from the League of Oregon Cities. The award recognizes exceptional city programs that unite citizens within a community.

Implementing the Downtown Improvement Plan will be a gradual process taking place over the next 30 years. A 12-member citizen committee, the City Center Advisory Commission (CCAC), is advisory to staff in recommending priorities and funding levels for Downtown projects. Citizen involvement will remain a top priority as this process continues.

Executive Summary
The primary objectives of the Tigard Downtown Improvement Plan (TDIP) are fourfold. First and foremost, the TDIP is a downtown "improvement" plan, one that builds upon the good "bones" of the current Downtown area, and that builds upon the sound foundation of community-based planning for the area. Second, the TDIP is intended to serve as the "master conceptual plan" for the Downtown neighborhood, as envisioned by the Tigard Comprehensive Plan. Third, the TDIP is intended to meet the objectives of the Metro Functional Plan, as that plan designates Tigard's downtown area as a Town Center. Finally, the overarching objective of the Plan is to ensure that Downtown Tigard will serve the community's stated future needs for an active, mixed use "urban village."

The TDIP aims to provide the blueprint for the evolution of Downtown Tigard into a vital, vibrant, mixed-use and pedestrian-friendly environment over the next 20-30 years. The TDIP summarizes the rationale for, and the evolution of, the conceptual design plan. It identifies development types and "catalyst projects", projects that are needed to jumpstart other development in the area and create a climate for investment. It promotes a multi-modal transportation system and concurrent development that is conducive to the planned evolution into a Town Center.

"Great Ideas" - Things to make downtown Tigard truly unique
The suggestions and comments received from the public and the Task Force during public outreach events were synthesized into "Great Ideas." These ideas involved things that could make Downtown Tigard truly unique, things that would later be fleshed out into key "catalyst projects" that would create a climate for investment and stimulate development. The Great Ideas included the following:

  1. Evolution of Main Street: A two-sided retail street with unique small-scale shops bordered to the south by a pedestrian promenade with pocket parks, fountains, and plazas.
  2. The Heart of Downtown: A central gathering place adjacent to Fanno Creek supporting a diverse range of activities including a farmers market, entertainment, restaurants, retail, and housing.
  3. Mixed Use Urban Village: A walkable village with ample opportunity for all ages to live, work and play.
  4. A New Transportation System: A safe and well-connected street system providing walking, bicycle, auto, and transit access throughout Downtown.
  5. Green Connections: A pervasive blend of pedestrian oriented natural features throughout Downtown including wide sidewalks, linear parks, water features, trees, native landscaping, pocket parks and plazas, etc.
  6. Transit Options: Service and facilities enhancements designed to meet the needs of Tigard's growing Downtown employment, residential and visitor populations.




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