Category Archives: Development

Development News October 2022

• Peterkort Rock Gym
• Starbucks
• Cedar Hills Apartments approved
• Redevelopment of former Hall Street Grill
• Gas station next to a wetland up for consideration again

CPO News October 2022

registration

• October CPO 1 meeting agenda: Election Forum!
• Neighborhood Meetings
• September 2022 Meeting Summary

September 2022 Road News

We asked LUT Public Affairs and Communications Manager Melissa De Lyser for an update on the various road projects in progress or scheduled for the roads we travel.

August 8 update

• Commissioner Districts Survey
• Neighborhood meeting for 9495 SW Taylor St
• Paving schedules
• Fall Care Fair for afterschool programs
• Flea Market at the Skyline Grange
• WashCo Bikes Repair Clinic
• Storytimes in different languages
• Water District proposes rate hike, offers listening sessions
• Fall Native Plant Sale at THPRD Nature Center
• James Recycling Event at Columbia Sportswear

New Business Roundup

The next business to open in the Milltowner Center is something really different for Cedar Mill! White Birch will bring a variety of home goods, clothing, specialty food items, and more.

CPO 1 News August 2022

• Neighborhood meetings
• Development applications
• Gas station next to a wetland
• Cedar Hills Apartments
• Leahy Estates appeal is denied
• CPO 1 July meeting notes

New Business: Wildwood Taphouse

The next new business to open in the Milltowner Center at Cornell and Saltzman will be the second location of Wildwood Taphouse. Partners Andrew Bradford and Will Witt are awaiting a couple of final inspections and hope to open mid-July.

Thompson Crossing decision raises questions about county planning

We asked Stephen Roberts, Director of Washington County’s Land Use and Transportation Department (LUT) to clarify the department’s reasoning in allowing the exceptions to county standards and plans for the Thompson Crossing development. While he didn’t explicitly answer every question, we’re including his responses below.

CPO News

saltzman proposed alignments map

After updates from our service providers, a TriMet spokesperson will attend to explain the elimination of Line 50, the only bus that served Cedar Mill and Bonny Slope; give us an update on the Last Mile effort (how to get people from their homes to the Transit Center); and provide any other details on how the agency can help us take advantage of public transit.

Washington County News

• Middle Housing Ordinance adopted
• Ridwell sues again but Recycle+ is available now
• Reduced rates for garbage and recycling

Cedar Mill welcomes a variety of new businesses

• Insomnia Coffee
• Shaka Brah Grill
• Target
• More new tenants in Milltowner
• Aurora Coffeehouse

CPO News June 2022

• June meeting: Civics for high school; District 2 update; Biggi appeal update
• Appeal against Leahy Estates development
• Cedar Hills multi-family housing development
• West Union gas station hearing cancelled, new design submitted
• May CPO 1 Meeting Notes

Multistory housing replaces a sentimental old home

demolition

When I first moved to Cedar Mill in 1969, I was a teenager, not interested in the community around me. We shopped at Bales Milltowner in its original location, and I would often sit in the car while mom shopped.

CPO News May 2022

thompson road map

• May Meeting: Ballot Measures, Cedar Hills development
• CPO 1 appeals the Thompson Crossing development approval, Biggi sues the county
• CPO 1 April Meeting Summary

Development News April 2022

SAC roof

• Milltowner update
• Bonny Slope Estates application submitted
• Estates at Leahy Park application approved
• Catlin Gabel expansion
• Village Baptist school expansion
• Saltzman Road Apartments approved

CPO News April 2022

• April meeting: Candidate Forum
• Land use and your CPO
• Neighborhood meetings
• Development applications
• CPO March Meeting Summary

CPO News March 2022

cornell project map

• March CPO 1 meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Development applications
• February CPO 1 meeting summary

Development News February 2022

A sampler of the food we will find at Abuela Chona!

• Milltowner adds new tenants
• McDaniel commercial property opposite BS Elementary
• Gas station next to a wetland

CPO 1 February: Recycling: Beyond the Bin?

recycling

• CPO 1 February meeting: Recycling: Beyond the Bin?
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• Saltzman Retirement Housing Public Hearing
• CPO 1 January Meeting Summary

Grandmother Madrone

madrone bark

The Pacific madrone (arbutus menziesii), a Pacific coast native, is like a stubborn grandmother who refuses to be moved from her run-down old farmhouse to a fancy new condo where she can be lovingly cared for by those who love her. She prefers rocky soils and arid areas often in the middle of a dense Doug fir stand, or an inhospitable roadside bank rather than a well-tended and watered garden spot.

Development News January 2022

A rendering of the Rock Gym east facade.

• Rock Gym at Peterkort center
• No news from Milltowner
• Thompson Crossing subdivision
• Saltzman Retirement Community

CPO News January 2022

Preliminary lot plan for Bonny Slope Estates

• CPO 1 January meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Future of the CPO program discussed with Commissioners
• CPO 1 December meeting

Road News January 2022

• Saltzman PAC meeting
• Thompson Road/Kenny Terrace Online Open House
• Cornell Road project now underway
• Filbert sidewalk project delayed
• Walker-Murray intersection construction update
• Oregon 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project
• TriMet service reductions start January 10
• Cornell tunnel update

Road News December 2021

• Barnes/CHB intersection improvements
• Upper Saltzman—another PAC meeting, Open House, BCC briefing

CPO 1 News December 2021

fuel tank map

• December meeting: Why our water rates must go up
• CCI requests Planning Commission changes
• Development Applications: West Union gas station; Leahy Estates
• Neighborhood Meeting online rules
• CPO 1 November Meeting Notes

A Short History of the Thompson-Saltzman Road Intersection

old thompson map

The corner of NW Thompson Road and NW Saltzman Road historically had a curious offset configuration, probably due to quarter section allotments when the property was homesteaded by the family of Laurence Lehman and other early settlers. In the course of time, it became necessary to upgrade the disjointed four-way stop to be safely aligned and controlled by traffic lights.

Development News November 2021

target front

• Target opening in April
• Peterkort Towne Square
• Life Time
• Peterkort annexation update

Road News November 2021

• Kenny Terrace/Thompson Road realignment
• Saltzman update

CPO 1 News November 2021

milestone timeline

• CPO 1 November 9 meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CPO 1 October meeting notes

1021-Dev’t News: West Union gas station; Peterkort annexation

wetland overview

• West Union gas station plans being reviewed by WashCo
• Peterkort annexing remaining property into Beaverton

Love trees? Be a Treekeeper!

treekeepers logo

It’s easy to appreciate trees when they are in the glory of their fall colors, but at Treekeepers of Washington County we celebrate trees all year around. Besides being beautiful, trees provide environmental, economic, and social benefits—including fighting climate change—by absorbing carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants, storing the carbon, and emitting pure oxygen.

The Bauer house

bauer house

Jim Bauer is a descendant of one of Cedar Mill’s early families. He shared his recollections of the Henry & Erna Bauer house that is slated for imminent demolition on Saltzman to make way for a new subdivision.

CPO News September 2021

• CPO Meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings

Development News September 2021

The “shells” of the five buildings in the new shopping center are nearly complete, and four of them have gotten through the permitting from the county and are ready for the tenants to move in. Insomnia Coffee is beginning to work with the architect on interior finishes.

WashCo News August 2021

• BCC gives green light to develop comprehensive substance use treatment center
• What is Middle Housing?

CPO News August 2021

• No meeting in August
• Neighborhood Meetings

Development News July 2021

• Sunset Athletic Club’s new facility is coming along!
• Dinihanian Farm update

CPO 1 News July 2021

leahy park map

• No July or August meetings
• CPO 1 June Meeting Summary
• Neighborhood meetings

Life Time Fitness at Barnes & CHB

Excavation for infrastructure is underway now

With construction finally underway on the Life Time Fitness complex west of Cedar Hills Blvd. (CHB) south of Barnes Road, we have been receiving questions about this development and future plans for the remaining Peterkort properties in the vicinity. Here’s a brief review and a timeline of the Peterkort Master Plan.

Business News June 2021

white birch merchandise

• Cascadia Taphouse happenings
• White Birch Design Co. is coming!
• Introducing Coast & Country Designs
• The Wine Cellar
• Village Gallery of Arts
• Cedar Mill Farmers Market, Did You Know?
• Jessica Angle Painting
• Cedar Mill Business Association
• Sunset Credit Union: Four tips to buying the right car at the right price

Development News May 2021

dogtopia

• Milltowner Center update
• Dogtopia opening in Kirkland Place
• Stickmen Brewing
• Peterkort parking lot

CPO News May 2021

• CPO 1 May meeting
• Comment on Long Range Planning Draft Work Plan
• New online system provides easier access to Board of County Commissioners information
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Land Use actions
• April CPO 1 Summary

County leaves ped-bike safety on the table

When we finally get around to putting in a sidewalk here, taxpayers will have to buy the ROW if there's even enough.

People who want safer routes for bicycles and pedestrians look to Washington County to, if not build them, at least encourage them. In some cases, a developer is required to build them when new houses go in.

Development News April 2021

shari's demolition aftermath

Target application is approved, turn lane can stay for now

Washington County has approved the application to allow Target to move into the former Bales grocery location. There was considerable anxiety over a possible Land Use and Transportation (LUT) requirement to close the left turn lane from Cornell into the lot, but in a decision sent out on March 25, LUT has decided it can remain “on a temporary basis until such time as alternative access meeting the access spacing standards becomes available—providing that [they] continue to operate safely.”

CPO 1 News April 2021

• CPO 1 April meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CCI news
• March CPO 1 Summary

Development News March 2021

target map

• Access to the proposed Target store still in question
• Peterkort Sunset Subdivision extension approved
• No updates for Milltowner, Kirkland

CPO News March 2021

catlin gabel east campus plan

• CPO 1 March Meeting: Water When We Need It?!
• CPO 7 looks at bike-ped safety
• Middle Housing is coming to Washington County
• CPO 1 February meeting recap
• Public hearing on Catlin Gabel new middle school
• Cornell Farm new building
• New Touchmark building approved

CPO 1 News February 2021

The new building replaces an existing greenhouse.

• February 9 meeting
• CPO 1 January Meeting Summary
• Cornell Farm Neighborhood Meeting
• Peterkort subdivision time extension requested
• Touchmark addition Development Review
• NW 113th partition and access review

Development News February 2021

• New businesses for Milltowner, Kirkland
• Catlin Gabel campus

CPO 1 News January 2021

lynnridge estates map

• CPO 1 January Meeting
• CPO1 December Meeting Summary
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Proposed 10-lot subdivision “Thompson Crossing”
• Proposed 10-lot subdivision “Lynnridge Estates”

CPO 1 News December 2020

short-term rental logo

• December CPO 1 meeting
• CPO1 November Meeting Summary
• Short-term Rentals Online Open House December 4 – January 8
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications

December 2020 Development News

Biggi lot

Thompson is designated as a minor arterial on county plans, which means it needs to be three lanes with curbs and sidewalks, and a total width of 90 feet.

Development News November 2020

Target is proposing to locate a small-format retail store in the building that previously housed Bales Marketplace, at 12675 NW Cornell.

CPO 1 News November 2020

recycling

As reported by OPB, Oregon’s recycling system is suffering from a long list of ailments so we have invited Thomas Egleston, Manager of the Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling program, to inform you about a new plan to reform our state’s recycling system.

October 2020 Development News

CVS front

• CVS opening next month
• Karla Heights ready to build

Road News September 2020

Cornelius Pass news
Saltzman solution?
Walker-Murray intersection project is appealed by Beaverton Councilors
Springville Road construction

Saving what’s left—efforts to protect the remaining natural areas and wildlife habitats in Washington County

As Significant Natural Resources (SNRs) and wildlife habitats in Washington County diminish, community members have become more vocal in trying to protect what is remaining. This article is just a brief overview of some of the activities presently in progress in Washington County.

Development News

The (Cedar) Rumor Mill
Milltowner updates
Cedar Grove affordable housing nearing completion
185th gas station
Columbia Sportswear new building

Development News July 2020

McDaniel commercial property sold, plans unknown
Development proposed for home site in Bonny Slope West
Construction beginning for Kirkland development

State Land Use Commission issues enforcement order against Washington County

The Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) has issued an enforcement order against Washington County for its lack of compliance with statewide land use planning goals designed to protect significant natural resources.

CPO News June 2020

• CPO 1 June meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Ordinance 854

Road News April 2020

Butner culvert location

Butner Road culvert will include pedestrian improvements; Roadside spraying will start soon…