Tigard adds 900 new homes, with thousands more to come
River Terrace, already the largest planned development in Tigard's history, is moving toward expanding further still from the western flank of Bull Mountain.
As River Terrace continues development at a steady clip, the Tigard city government recently hired a firm to work on concept plans for River Terrace West and South.
The Tigard City Council approved a contract with OTAK to prepare for those areas to come into the urban growth boundary with the eventual plan to annex them into the city.
When all is said and done, up to 3,700 units — a mixture of single-family homes, apartments and condominiums — could be developed in River Terrace, according to Tigard's community plan, which was adopted in 2013.
"The concept plan is the first step in the eventual development of these areas," said Schuyler Warren, a senior planner with the city. "It will provide a high-level concept for how development will occur, with a similar high-level look at the accompanying infrastructural needs, including utilities, stormwater management, streets and roads, parks and trails."
Homebuilder Taylor Morrison, formerly Polygon Northwest, is developing River Terrace East.
"We've sold nearly 900 homes in River Terrace, all directly to homeowners — no apartments at this time," said Curtis Huson, vice president of land acquisition and development at Taylor Morrison. "This includes condo flats, townhomes, as well as our two- and three-story traditional homes. We also recently introduced single-level living in Eastridge."
The current Taylor Morrison development includes two swimming pools with community centers and four separate parks.
Running through the center of the development is Southwest River Terrace Boulevard, a partially completed roadway that will eventually extend about 2½ miles from Scholls Ferry Road to Beef Bend Road.
While the Eastridge subdivision is almost sold out, Taylor Morrison is now selling in Eastridge II. Even there, they have almost sold out of their alley-loaded homes and have sold about half of the planned condos as well, according to Huson.
While plans haven't been locked in yet, Taylor Morrison could also build a mixed-use development, likely to the east of the intersection of Roy Rogers Road and Jean Louise Road, according to officials. Huson said that would probably be "thoughtfully incorporated into the residential development, as opposed to being any type of strip mall or shopping center," following the model of Villebois in Wilsonville, among other neighborhood areas.
Also set to have its groundbreaking soon in River Terrace is Art Rutkin Elementary School, a 51,300-square-foot school designed to serve up to 650 students. An athletic field, garden, outdoor playground and a bus loop that can accommodate eight buses at a time are also planned just off of Beef Bend Road, on Southwest April Lane.
New concept plans
The West River Terrace urban reserve area is comprised of 303 acres of property south of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road, and is west of the current River Terrace community.
The 205-acre South River Terrace urban reserve area is north of Southwest Beef Bend Road. It is bounded by the River Terrace community to north, the King City urban growth boundary expansion area to the south and Southwest Roy Rogers Road to the west and Southwest 150th Avenue to the east.
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