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Community Planning

Tigard Comprehensive Plan

Tigard's Comprehensive Plan provides the broad policy basis for Tigard's land use planning program. Because the plan is based on an in-depth analysis of community values, accepted by a broad range of agencies, and determined to be legally compliant with state law and Metro rules, it is a resource to help guide and inform city decisions.

The Comprehensive Plan represents the land use vision and values of the Tigard community. The plan is intended to be an organizational and management tool to help guide the decisions of city staff and to set city goals relating to the use of land. 

Download the Complete Comprehensive Plan (57.4 MB), or download by section, below.

Cover, Photo Contest Winner Credit

cover icon Paul August won Tigard’s photo contest with a beautiful photo of the John F. Tigard House. The contest’s theme was “Tigard... A place to call home.”

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Acknowledgements and Table of Contents

table of contentsAn undertaking the size and scope to the City of Tigard's 20-year Comprehensive Plan takes the immense creativity and hard work of so many individuals and groups. Thanks to all (past and present) who contributed.

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introThe City of Tigard Comprehensive Plan acts as the city "land use constitution." It is the document that provides the broad policy basis for Tigard's land use planning program and ultimately guides all actions relating to the use of land in the city.

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Citizen Involvement

citizen involvementGoal: "To develop a citizen involvement program the ensures the opportunity for citizens to be involved in all phases of the planning process."

Decision-makers must have an effective way to hear the voices of  the community. These voices are a key component to a livable community and help elected officials in establishing the priorities for city government.

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Land Use Planning

land use planningGoal: "To establish a land use planning process and policy framework as a basis for all decisions and actions related to use of land and to assure an adequate factual base for such decisions and actions." 

Land use planning influences the type and character of development in Tigard, as well as the city’s ability to provide and sustain essential urban services. The type, quality, and amount of  new development and its required urban services can affect attainment of  community objectives such as quality of  life, sense of  place and uniqueness, and a strong local economy.

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Agricultural Lands

Goal: "The City of Tigard supports the efficient use of urban land within its City limits to help preserve designated farm lands in rural areas."

Download the Agricultural Lands chapter  adobe icon (1.4 MB)

Forest Lands

Goal: "To conserve forest lands by maintaining the forest land base."

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Natural Resources and Historic Areas

natural resourcesGoal: "To protect natural resources and conserve scenic and historic areas and open spaces."

Each community possesses certain natural and historic resources that help to establish its identity. Tigard is fortunate to contain a variety of  these resources that contribute to its high quality of  life.

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Environmental Quality

environmental quality"Managing the effects of human impacts on air, water, and land resources."

Environmental Quality addresses the quality of  air we breathe, water in aquifers, wetlands, streams and lakes, and the responsible management and disposal of  waste. Environmental quality is essential for a high quality of  life, including a strong and sustainable economy.

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hazard"Protecting people and property from natural and man-made hazards."

Natural features provide a community with valuable resources but, under certain conditions, these resources may also present a hazard. For example, rivers and creeks are important for storm water conveyance, wildlife habitat, and water quality. However, these resources can quickly threaten property and people unless careful planning has documented flooding risk and adequate precautions are taken.

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Parks, Recreation, Trails, and Open Spaces

parks trails “The community envisions a future where a wide variety of  recreational opportunities are available through a diverse system of parks, trails, and open spaces.”

Access to parks, recreation, trails, and open space enhances the livability of a community and contributes to the well-being of its residents. These amenities provide a variety of  opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy both active and passive activities, while also helping to preserve open space, wildlife habitat, and natural resources.

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Economic Development

economy “The City shall have a strong and resilient local economy with a diverse portfolio of economic activity: retail, professional service, and industrial jobs.”

Economic activity is the lifeblood of  any community: providing jobs, creating wealth, and generating tax revenue. Tigard’s economy is intertwined with the economy of  the region, the nation, and the world.

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housing “Provide opportunities to develop a variety of housing types that meet the needs, preferences, and financial capabilities of Tigard’s present and future residents.”

When it comes to housing, one size does not fit all. Each person seeking a new place to call home must find a suitable match between price, location, housing type, and lifestyle, which can be a daunting task.

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Public Facilities

public facilities “The community’s vision is for a future where essential public facilities and services are readily available to serve the needs of  the community.”

Public Facilities and Services addresses their appropriate coordination, location, and delivery in a manner that best supports the existing and proposed land uses. For the purposes of  the Comprehensive Plan, Public Facilities and Services refers to Stormwater Management, Water Supply and Distribution, Wastewater Management, Community Facilities, and Private Utilities.

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transportationGoal: “To provide and encourage a safe, convenient, and economic transportation system.”

An important tool for a community to use when preparing for future growth is a long range transportation plan. It acts as the principal document for staff, decision makers, and the public to identify the function, capacity, and location of  future facilities, direct resources to transportation projects, and provide the community with the level of investment that will be needed to support anticipated development within the community.

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energy "Land and uses developed on the land shall be managed and controlled so as to maximize the conservation of  all forms of  energy, based upon sound economic principles.”

Our way of  life is powered by energy. From the construction process to home heating to getting around the community, affordable and reliable energy sources are counted upon to sustain our needs. Energy also drives the economy and has a significant impact on the environment.

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urbanization Goal: “To provide for an orderly and efficient transition from rural to urban land use, to accommodate urban population and urban employment inside urban growth boundaries, to ensure efficient use of land, and to provide for livable communities.”

A significant challenge faced by many communities is how to manage growth, particularly the transition from rural to urban land uses, or redevelopment to more intense land uses.

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Special Planning Areas: Downtown

special district “Areas identified as needing additional planning attention due to their unique circumstances and value to the community.”

Citizens have expressed a desire to create a “heart” for their community: a place to live, work and play, and to serve as a community gathering place.

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"Definitions of key terms found in the document."

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Comprehensive Plan Map

comp plan mapThe Comprehensive Plan map shows the comprehensive plan land use designations for the City of Tigard, based on the Comprehensive Plan.

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Tom McGuire, Assistant Community Development Director
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