We’re excited to launch the Sherwood 2040 Comprehensive Plan Vision!
Sherwood has changed dramatically over the years, yet the community’s vibrant small-town character has endured. When the City’s Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 1990, Sherwood was home to 3,000 residents. Since then, Sherwood has doubled in physical size and has over 19,000 residents with changing demographics.
We need your help to plan the next 20 years of Sherwood’s future. Over the next three years, we will work with you to:
- Identify and protect what we love about Sherwood today
- Envision what we want Sherwood to look like tomorrow
- Create a new Comprehensive Plan to allow us to realize that vision together
Like all cities in Oregon, we must plan for current and future generations. We know that communities that plan for growth have the best chance of managing their destiny in a way that retains the qualities that brought us here in the first place: our small-town character, forests and farms, excellent schools, thriving businesses, and parks and public spaces.
Given the dramatic growth, it is clear the 1990 Comprehensive Plan no longer represents the vision and values of Sherwood residents and businesses. Over the next three years, our goal is to explore, balance and prioritize community issues for Sherwood that allow our community to determine how we grow and continue to provide quality places to live, work and play over the next twenty years. The first step in this process is to engage the Sherwood community in creating a vision for the future that will serve as the basis for updating the Comprehensive Plan.
Sherwood 2040 is a visioning process to engage the community in conversations about the future and use that input as a basis to update Sherwood’s Comprehensive Plan. This process began in spring 2018 and will lead into the next phase of the Comprehensive Plan update at the end of the year.
The goal for this process is to recognize and communicate the foundational elements that make Sherwood unique. Developing a shared understanding of Sherwood today is necessary to address key issues for the future. We’re seeking community guidance on the areas of interest below.
Part of keeping Sherwood affordable for families, teachers and people who keep the community safe includes making sure residents have a reasonable supply of housing to choose from. Providing a housing supply that improves and diversifies the choices available for residents of different ages, sizes, and incomes ensures that generations of families can continue to live here.
For over a century, Sherwood has been uniquely shaped by its relationship to the landscape and creeks. Trails and recreational areas, such as the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, are assets at the foundation of Sherwood’s special identity and should be maintained and celebrated. As Sherwood evolves, it is prudent to continue to cultivate the quality of life that this relationship brings to the community.
Most cities grow, but planned cities grow better. We know that if past trends continue, several thousand people will move to the Sherwood area over the next 20 years, part of larger regional growth. Managing growth ensures that development is practical and balances burdens and benefits to the community.
Influenced by landform, Sherwood reveals a pattern of walkable, quarter-mile radius neighborhoods circling the historic downtown. These neighborhoods promote health through easy pedestrian and bike access to schools, shopping and nearby recreational activities. Replicating the design of communities around nature and access to daily needs within an easy distance is homage to Sherwood’s existing pattern that is cherished so dearly.
- Transportation (i.e. roads, public transit, on-road bike lanes)
- Economic Development/Jobs
- Public Involvement and Engagement in the Planning of Sherwood
- Public Facilities and Services (i.e. Libraries, Sewer System, Community Center)
- Natural Resources, Historic Resources and Open Space Protection
- Community Health (i.e. local food access, air and water quality, noise pollution)
- Natural Hazards and Disaster Resiliency
Other planning efforts
Sherwood begins this work from a position of strength. The City has been proactive in planning, having undertaken a number of efforts in recent years, including concept planning for a large area of Sherwood’s urban reserve in “Sherwood West.” The Sherwood West Preliminary Concept Plan can provide context for issues the city is facing in relation to growth, land use and housing. Furthermore, the City is updating technical information, including an Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) and Housing Needs Analysis (HNA), for the development of policy recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan update.
Meet Your Comprehensive Plan Update Citizen Advisory Committee
The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help guide the development of the Comprehensive Plan Vision. CAC members play a key role advising staff, connecting to the community and providing recommendations regarding new land use-related goals and policies and other changes to be included in the City’s Comprehensive Plan update.
Your CAC members include:
- Susan Claus
- John Davis
- Patricia Distler
- Angi Ford
- Frank Funk
- Megan Thornton
- Jacqueline Head
- Tess Kies
- Paul Mayer
- Melanie Mildenberger
- Thomas Quesenberry
- Rachel Schoening
- Damon Starnes
- Jamie Stasny
- Matt Staten
- Jason Wuertz
- Jean Simson
- Russell Griffin
Help shape Sherwood's future
We asked community members to share the vision and values they want reflected in the Sherwood 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This outreach, along with direction from the Citizen Advisory Committee, guided the development of a draft vision statement. Major themes from this vision statement are organized into the eight topic areas of Sherwood’s comprehensive plan. A summary of what we heard in each topic area is described below. For more information, read the detailed summary.
Now we need your help creating goals for each of the eight topic areas to inform policy decisions and shape how Sherwood grows!
A “goal” is a focused statement that connects a vision to an objective. If the vision states “Sherwood will have a safe, connected transportation system,” an example goal could be, “connect Sherwood to the regional Tonquin Trail network.” Goals are stated in unmeasurable terms, and lead to objectives that can be measured.
Please complete the survey below to help us develop the Sherwood 2040 vision and goals!
Other ways to stay involved:
- Sign up for email updates. Get notices of new information, meetings, community events and other opportunities. We never share your contact information and only will use it for project updates.
- Attend a community event. Upcoming meetings and community events will be announced on this website. Check back for dates of upcoming events!
- Share your comments on this website. Anytime, anywhere! What do you love most about Sherwood? What do you hope to see in the future?
- Complete online surveys. We’ll ask you to complete surveys on specific topics from time to time. Surveys will be announced through the project email list. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities!
Please check back regularly for information on upcoming community events, vision summits, online open houses, surveys, photo contests, and other fun activities!
We love to see photos of your favorite places that make Sherwood special. Upload your photos below, and you might see them posted on this website!
Submission of photos indicates consent for public use.
Documents and Reports
- Public Involvement Plan - May 2, 2018
- Outreach Summary - July 24, 2018
- Draft Vision Statement - July 26, 2018
We will post project documents as they become available. Check back regularly for updates.
Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting Materials
All Citizen Advisory Committee meetings are open to the community and include time for written and verbal comment as time allows. Vision summits and community events will be scheduled throughout the summer and are dedicated to robust community discussion.
Please provide comments by attending the meetings or contacting Carrie Brennecke, Senior Planner at (503) 625-4242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agendas and meeting materials will be available one week before the meeting.
Using the Library
The information listings on this page include all materials that will be produced during the Comprehensive Plan Vision. As an item becomes available for review, the listing will be made into a link that will let you access the item.
If you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact Carrie Brennecke, Senior Planner at (503) 625-4242 or email email@example.com.
We also invite you to follow the project's Facebook page and sign up for the project email list to receive notices of new information, scheduled meetings, and other opportunities. We never share your contact information and only will use it for Comprehensive Plan Vision updates.
You may also share a comment directly using the form below.