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Coffee Creek Industrial District Form-Based Code

Located in northwest quadrant of Wilsonville near the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, the 225-acre Coffee Creek Industrial Area was brought into the greater Portland metro urban growth boundary in 2002, and designated as a “Regionally Significant Industrial Area” exclusively for high-wage employment. Tier 1 industrial lands in the Portland Metro area were scarce, making Coffee Creek a critical project for the region.

The City of Wilsonville ’s vision was to transform the Coffee Creek area into a thriving employment district that could host up to 1,800 jobs with a payroll of about $55 million. The original master plan envisioned an area with a campus- like feel, high- quality design and good multi-modal connectivity.

The cost of infrastructure, combined with overly prescriptive regulations, and the perceived uncertainty and delay of the city’s approval process, however, proved to be a disincentive to development.

In 2016 the City adopted the Coffee Creek Urban Renewal Area (URA) to help finance some of the infrastructure required to make private development feasible in Coffee Creek, estimated to cost more than $65 million.

The goal of the FBC, initiated in 2014 and adopted in 2018, was to provide greater developer certainty and to serve as an incentive to provide development and investment in the Coffee Creek area. The city

The City believes the urban renewal financing for infrastructure, together with the FBC, will help unlock development in Coffee Creek.

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