Woodburn City Council has agreed on an enabling ordinance to pursue an economic improvement district.

Council’s action on Jan. 13 allows the city to work with property and business owners to create an economic improvement district where owners can use the plan to improve their business area.

“It gives them a tool to work together to come up with a way to make improvements to their area, be it downtown, be it 99, be it at the interchange,” said Jim Hendryx, Woodburn’s economic and development services director.

In order to put the new city law to use, the district must agree on an identified group, project and cost of the plan. The city will work with identified groups, businesses and property owners to create a project to present to the city.

According to Hendryx, determining a plan and acquiring approval from the city of the identified district will take about six months.

“We won’t move forward unless we have support,” said Hendryx. “The district has to agree to it before we move forward.”

Hendryx mentioned the city’s primary focus is on downtown Woodburn; however the district could potentially venture outside of the downtown area in the future.

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