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Council adopts plan with 104 goals based on community priorities

Beaverton has a new road map to its future.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed an updated Vision Action Plan packed with 104 community-generated ideas of how to make Beaverton better.

The new plan builds on the success of the city’s 2010 plan, which resulted in strong direction for much of the progress the city has made in developing its downtown, additional events including a Night Market, cultural inclusion activities, public art and more.

In fact, work on 94 percent of the goals in the first plan have at least been started, and a number of those are finished.

This time around, the volunteer members of the Visioning Advisory Committee gathered more than 7,700 ideas from more than 5,700 people.

“The community of Beaverton should be very proud of what it has already accomplished in the vision and the investment it’s made already in its update,” VAC member Mike Riedel told the Council.

Riedel called the plan a “living document” designed to change over time with priorities and accomplishments.

The over-arching goals of the updated plan remain the same, but the ideas to get there are more specific, Holly Thompson said ahead of the Council meeting.

“It reflects a lot of the progress we’ve made,” said Thompson, manager of strategic initiatives and communications for the city. “This version of the plan has a lot of next-generation ideas.”

As an example, while the original plan sought more community-wide events, the successes there helped lead to a desire for more neighborhood-specific events, such as community picnics.

Beaverton also is working on harder issues, including housing affordability and homelessness, and perhaps opening a temporary shelter for people in need.

The plan plays a pivotal role in the city’s budgeting process, making sure resources are spent on community priorities, Thompson said.

She said the 2010 plan included a plan to revisit its priorities in five to 10 years.

But by 2014, the VAC decided to take up the challenge again after realizing so many of its first goals were done or well on the way. Members staffed dozens of events and presentations to gather new ideas and helped refine down an early list of 159 actions with the help of a community-wide survey.

“It was a call to action for them to restock the plan,” Thompson said. “They’re unstoppable.”

But Thompson said it might be time to at least slow the committee down: This plan has plenty of work in it, and the next update might be closer to 10 years out.

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