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.

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Read the Sherwood Growth Story

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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

Share your thoughts on the future of Sherwood using our online survey.

Current Events

Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting #8

Oct. 24, 2018
6:30 - 8 p.m.
City Hall Community Room
View meeting materials

Vision Summit #2

Oct. 29, 2018
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Sherwood Center for the Arts
Raffle prizes and seasonal refreshments provided! Stay tuned for more information. 

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Given the dramatic growth, it is clear the 1990 Comprehensive Plan no longer represents the vision and values of Sherwood residents and businesses.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.

About the project

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.

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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

Get Involved

Help shape Sherwood’s future!

Last summer, 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 vision statement and a series of draft goals associated with each of the major themes from the vision statement. These goals will help inform policy decisions in the Comprehensive Plan and shape how Sherwood grows in the future!

Please review the draft goal statements below and complete the survey to let us know if you think the statements are right on, headed in the right direction, or could be improved.

Sherwood 2040 Draft Goal Statements

Help shape Sherwood's future!

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Strong Community, Culture, and Heritage

Draft goal statements Right onHeaded in the right directionCould be improved
Value diverse community wisdom and participation by working together and thinking creatively to produce meaningful, informed and innovative solutions.
Actively explore accessible, cutting-edge and effective methods of communication and participation to foster transparency and connection to the community.
Foster a culture of collaboration and partnership between residents, community groups, businesses, service providers and government.
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Attractive and Attainable Housing

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Provide the opportunity for a variety of housing types in locations that meet the needs of current and future households.
Preserve and enhance the character of existing neighborhoods.
Plan new residential developments to integrate with existing Sherwood as complete neighborhoods where community members can live, shop and recreate.
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Thriving and Diversified Economy

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Prioritize and promote economic development to increase the city tax base by providing and managing a supply of land to target growth industries and support Sherwood’s desired economic growth.
Plan and provide adequate infrastructure efficiently and timely to support employment growth.
Support the growth of local businesses and attract new businesses that increase the City’s tax base, provide stable, high wage jobs and capitalize on Sherwood’s location and high-quality of life to create destinations and experiences for both residents and visitors of Sherwood.
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Coordinated and Connected Infrastructure

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Plan and implement a transportation system that is forward-looking, responsive and innovative to maximize capacity and ensure safety, efficiency and retention of Sherwood’s livability and small-town character.
Create and enhance safe, multi-modal, and viable transportation options for travel between destinations locally and regionally with particular attention to connecting the areas of Sherwood east and west of Highway 99E, Old Town, and the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge
Identify funding sources and collaborative partnerships to leverage resources for transportation system maintenance and improvements.
Ensure reliable, safe, affordable and adequate public facilities to meet Sherwood’s existing and future needs.
Work with partner agencies to coordinate efficient service delivery, including but not limited to the Sherwood School District, Clean Water Services, Willamette River Water Treatment Plant, Portland General Electric, Comcast, Frontier, and Pride Disposal.
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Healthy and Valued Ecosystem

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Pursue the expansion and enhancement of the city’s trail system and greenways that connect people to nature and connect people to their destinations.
Plan, develop and enhance recreation opportunities and recreation facilities for Sherwood residents of all ages and abilities.
Promote natural resources as a shared and critical community asset by being good stewards of Sherwood’s natural resources, ecosystems, and urban forest and protecting and enhancing their function, quality and diversity.
Develop a funding strategy and pursue funding sources for land acquisition, parks and recreation facility development, operations and maintenance.
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Strategic and Collaborative Governance

Draft goal statements Right onHeaded in the right directionCould be improved
Coordinate with adjacent jurisdictions, local service providers and regional and state governmental agencies to manage growth and development in Sherwood.
Provide timely, orderly and efficient delivery of public facilities and services to balance the development of complete neighborhoods, employment areas, schools and public spaces.
Ensure that the rate, amount, type, location and cost of new development will preserve and enhance Sherwood’s quality of life.
Ensure a high level of public safety by providing well-funded and well-planned police and fire protection, and emergency services and preparedness to existing and new development in Sherwood.
Maintain and improve the quality of the air, water and land resources.
Encourage land use patterns that locate land use activities in close proximity, reduce or shorten vehicle trips and encourage energy conservation through sustainable site planning, landscaping and construction practices.
Minimize impacts and risk to life and property from natural hazards and disasters.

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!

Your photos

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.

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Documents and Reports

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 brenneckec@sherwoodoregon.gov.

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 brenneckec@sherwoodoregon.gov.

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.

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