For-profit housing developers are proposing to develop new parks and trails in the South Cooper Mountain area in exchange for THPRD system development credits. THPRD is partnering with these developers to help reach out to local community members and learn what activities the community would most like in the future parks.
These projects include multiple parks planned for development in the City of Beaverton’s South Cooper Mountain Concept Plan. The housing developers currently own the future park properties and are responsible for community engagement, planning, construction, and maintenance of the proposed parks and trails. Final design and ownership is contingent upon an agreement between each developer and THPRD. Once construction is complete and approved, the properties will be transferred to THPRD to assume ownership and maintenance responsibilities.
Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about this project.
How will I get news and updates about the project?
Our developer partners are responsible for community engagement for this project. More information on their engagement and the overall project please visit City of Beaverton’s South Cooper Mountain Concept Plan
As THPRD helps supports developers in reaching more audiences, we will post additional community engagement updates on this webpage. If you would like to receive THPRD updates and notices about projects in the South Cooper Mountain area, please join this email list.
Why do housing developers sometimes develop parks instead of THPRD?
In new housing developments, a housing developer may choose to collaborate with the local jurisdiction or THPRD to plan and build parks within their new development. Generally, when housing developers plan and build parks, the parks require less cost and labor for the district and the public and the park development moves much faster. This is generally because the housing developer is already mobilized for planning, permitting, and construction in that area. If a housing developer chooses not to develop parks, then THPRD must develop those parks starting from the beginning of the planning, permitting, and construction mobilization process for each new park, which can take several years. Thus, THPRD provides incentives (system development credits) to encourage housing developers to develop parks on their own. THPRD then accepts ownership and maintenance of parks if and when a developer constructs the parks according to the design plans (including safety, accessibility, and other standards). THPRD also requires the developer to engage the local community as much as possible in the park’s design process.