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Economic Development

North Plains Community Development LogoIn recent years, the City of North Plains had an increase in development pressure, consistent with the broader economic recovery in Oregon and Washington County. Community members want to ensure that future development is consistent with the character of North Plains and that it enhances the livability in North Plains. In response to development pressure, the City embarked on a process to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementing ordinances.

The City completed the North Plains 2035 Vision and Goals and recently updated the City’s Comprehensive Plan. North Plains’ Comprehensive Plan has not been completely updated since its approval in 2000. An important part of the Comprehensive Plan is the Economy Element. This update is accomplished by submitting a new Economic Opportunities Analysis to the State's Department of Land Conservation and Development.

In addition, North Plains is facing increasing residential development pressure, with development or proposals for development of more than 900 new dwelling units since 2015. Growth in population will increase demand for retail services in North Plains, such as need for a grocery store and increased need for restaurants. As the population grows, the City wants to ensure there are opportunities for other commercial and industrial growth as well, to provide opportunities for people to live and work in North Plains.

Due to the needs listed above, we have organized the Economic Development Commission that will be working to foster proactive economic development in North Plains and encourage increases in both the local tax base as well as opportunities for local employment in the City of North Plains.  This Commission develops recommendations for the City Council regarding the implementation of the 2035 North Plains Vision to guide business growth and development in the community, the Housing Needs Analysis, and Economic Opportunities Analysis.

To learn more about the Economic Opportunities Analysis or Economic Development Commission, please click the links below!

Economic Development Committee
Contact InformationAndy Varner, City Manager
phone: 503.647.5555
direct: 503.447.1700
31360 NW Commercial Street
North Plains, OR 97133
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5 pm