Project Overview

The South Cooper Mountain Concept Plan will establish a vision that serves as a long-term guide for future growth and development of the South Cooper Mountain area. The Concept Planning process provides an opportunity to identify long term needs of the area and proactively address future challenges. This process will recognize the unique needs of the three distinct subareas (North Cooper Mountain, the Urban Reserve Area, and the South Cooper Mountain Annexation Area) while developing a holistic understanding of how the three areas could integrate and grow sustainably. The concept plan area map totals approximately 2,300 acres.

Community plans identifying appropriate comprehensive plan and zoning designations that implement the overall vision in the concept plan will be developed for the areas that are currently within the UGB. The South Cooper Mountain Annexation Area Community Plan will designate specific areas for a range of housing types and densities, commercial and civic uses, and parks; preserve natural resources; provide for green infrastructure; and plan for new utilities, streets, trails and paths. The North Cooper Mountain Community Plan will reflect the needs of current residents in this already developed area, and result in an appropriate plan for the area’s future. Planning for the Urban Reserve Area will guide how best to protect natural areas and Cooper Mountain Nature Park, where future urban development may occur, and where connecting streets, water lines, and other utilities should be located. A Finance Plan will identify realistic strategies for paying for infrastructure to serve the area.

Completion of the concept and community planning is a critical step toward achieving several local and regional priorities and goals, including providing a range of needed housing options for the City, Washington County, and the region within a complete community. Using a holistic approach to evaluate and coordinate planning will save money, increase development certainty, and facilitate better decisions over the long term. This is particularly true for integrated, sustainable infrastructure and ecosystems, for example, the transportation network (including green streets), natural resource and habitat areas, and watershed-based storm water management. Plans will include provisions addressing avoidance of minimization of impacts to farm and forest practices as applicable in the project vicinity. 

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