One of the largest undeveloped properties in Portland, the study site has been owned and farmed by the Rossi, Guisto and Garre families for many decades and is home to the iconic red barn and adjacent farmland. It is close to many public assets and facilities, which makes it an ideal location for creating a complete and walkable neighborhood with commercial, residential and mixed-use development serving current and future Portlanders.
The site is located within a short walk to several schools: Shaver Elementary, Parkrose Middle School and Parkrose High School. It is also next to the newly developed Luuwit View Park and community garden. Recent changes to TriMet Line 73 on 122nd Avenue make it a “frequent service” line, which helps improve the site’s connection to jobs and other destinations through MAX and other bus lines. Planning for other improvements on 122nd Avenue is expected to bring future upgrades to pedestrian crosswalks, bicycle safety and transit travel times.
The development study is partially funded by a Metro Construction Excise Tax grant (aka the Rossi Farms Development Plan). It is a cooperative effort between the City of Portland, Metro and the property owner families. The project will explore possibilities for a legacy development that brings benefits to the community and helps to achieve City and regional goals for creating complete, healthy and connected communities.
The development study will be conducted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability over the next several months and is expected to conclude around July 2019. Planning staff will seek input from the public — including individuals, nearby neighborhood associations, business associations and other community stakeholders — in the following general timeframes:
- Information Sharing – Fall 2018
- Community Aspirations and Vision – Fall/Winter 2018-19
- Concept Development Planning – Winter/Spring 2019
Any changes to development allowances, regulations (zoning), and/or development agreements with public entities, if appropriate, would be outcome conclusions of the study. These would be implemented through a public process for such changes or agreements, with additional opportunities for public input and testimony to decision-making bodies including Portland City Council.
The primary goals of the project are to create a plan for a complete, walkable community-oriented development that:
- Serves community needs and provides desired goods and services.
- Includes housing that serves a broad range of household types and income levels.
- Preserves iconic structures and acknowledges important site features and views.
- Supports and connects to living wage jobs in the area.
- Connects to nearby public services and amenities such as Parkrose High School, Parkrose Middle School, Shaver Elementary and Luuwit View Park.
- Furthers the legacy of partnerships and community-spirited actions by the owners.
- Address City goals to create a more complete community.
- Address community aspirations for commercial uses, services and housing.
- Link to and leverage public investments in schools, parks, transit service and other amenities.
- Offer a financially viable plan for property owners and future developers.
- Address City goals for housing that serves a broad array of incomes and users.
- Engage populations that are typically underrepresented.
- Consider a range of nonconventional development options.
- Produce a desirable place with lasting value to the neighborhood and property owners.
- Create a lasting legacy for the Parkrose community and the greater City of Portland.
The project will include information sharing and opportunities for public input from community members via open houses, charrettes, meetings, as well as online information and outreach.
The project team will be advised, in part, by a project working group, which will serve as a sounding board for ideas and issues regarding the development concept. The group will comprise representatives of the property owners, the Parkrose School District, nearby neighborhood associations, business associations and the Historic Parkrose NPI, as well as other community organizations that have an interest in development issues in the area. The group will be supported by staff from the City of Portland and Metro.
The following is a summary of key community engagement phases:
- Phase 1: information sharing – Fall 2018
Contact neighborhood and other community groups to share information about project.
- Phase 2: community aspirations – Fall/Winter 2018
Hold “listening session(s)” to gather ideas and aspirations about desired development features. Work with other community organization(s) to gather broader community perspectives.
- Phase 3: concept development – Winter/Spring 2019
Hold workshops/charrettes during concept plan development process to gather public feedback on more detailed planning.
- Phase 4: evaluation and legislative process – Summer 2019 and beyond
Share information with the public on study results and any follow-up implementation steps that involve public actions.