Government Camp Village
Year Formed: 1989
Area: Approximately 8,960 acres on the west slopes of Mt. Hood.
Purpose: To target public investments toward revitalizing this mountain community and encourage private developments such as resorts, hotel and condominium units, retail projects, restaurants, recreational facilities and single family homes
Assessed Value: $160 million in 2010, up from $24 million in 1989; collected tax increment financing revenues through June 30, 2008
Overview: Nestled on the slopes of Oregon's highest mountain peak, Government Camp Village is surrounded by Mt. Hood National Forest, which provides a wide range of year-round recreational opportunities and scenic vistas to residents and visitors. Located an hour from downtown Portland and within a few miles of three heavily-used alpine ski resorts, the community has the potential to be the destination recreational and retail center of Mount Hood. An effort to incorporate the Village was defeated by voters in May 2010.
Economic growth was slow in coming to this community. Over the past four decades a series of small fires, the relocation of Highway 26 around the village core, poor visibility from the highway, minimal infrastructure improvements and inadequate maintenance of public and private facilities have contributed to the slow economic improvement.
- Sewer Line Extensions
The Agency is partnering with the Government Camp Sanitary District to construct two line extensions to facilitate new development south of Highway 26 and in the eastern part of the community. A portion of the line was completed in 2008. The remaining 1,800 feet of line is being installed in summer 2010.
- Fire Station Preliminary Design
A new design is being completed for an expansion of the existing fire station, which is needed because of the significant amount of new development and the inadequacy of the existing station. Construction will begin in spring 2011.
- Loop Road Lighting
Low-intensity streetlights will be installed along Highway 26 Loop Road outside the core area. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2010.
- Steel Lane Pathway
A new pedestrian pathway will be constructed within the Steel Lane right-of-way, to connect Multorpor Drive to the Mt. Hood Cultural Museum. The project will be completed in fall 2010.
- Maintenance Mechanism
The Agency investigated options to form a mechanism to provide long-term maintenance for completed projects in the area. A feasibility study in 2003 determined that formation of a maintenance district was the preferred alternative. A district formation plan was referred to voters, and defeated by four votes in May 2004. There may be an opportunity to try to establish a maintenance mechanism in the future.
- Trail Groomer Garage – A new garage will be constructed in 2010 to house and maintain cross country trail grooming equipment.
- Multorpor Drive Street Improvements – Approximately 400 feet of street improvements, including drainage, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping, will be constructed in 2010.
- Building Façade Improvements
The Agency has assisted business owners interested in improving their building facades to better reflect or achieve the Cascadian architecture style. nineteen properties have been improved.
- .Development Assistance
The Agency contributed to the cost of installing utilities, fire sprinklers and architectural upgrades to building facades for the 26-acre Collins Lake condominium development. All 128 units were completed by the end of 2006. The Agency also contributed to the cost of public parking, sprinkler installation, other public amenities and architectural upgrades for a new mixed-use building on the Government Camp Loop Road - the first new commercial development in the community in many years, with 5,400 square feet of retail space.
- Development Incentives Plan
Completed in November 1999, the plan helped refine and prioritize projects in the revitalization plan, and evaluate private development opportunities and constraints.
- Blight Removal -- Debris and old equipment were removed from public and private properties during a community-wide clean-up in fall 1990.
- Employee Housing -- The Agency contributed $240,000 toward construction of a 48-unit complex of affordable housing for area employees.
- Museum and Cultural Center -- The Agency contributed to a feasibility study for construction of a multi-use facility for community gatherings, classes, events/receptions and exhibits that focus on the history of Government Camp and the Mt. Hood area. The Government Camp Historical Society, with Agency support, purchased and renovated a building for this purpose.
- Improvement of Residential Streets -- The project funded streets throughout the community. Existing overhead utilities (electrical, phone, and cable) were placed underground in the core area and on Lige and Meldrum streets to improve the aesthetics of the community and minimize future maintenance of utility lines.
- Design Guidelines -- Core area design guidelines were developed and adopted to provide for implementation of the Cascadian Design theme for new development and redevelopment.
- Building Façade Improvements -- The Agency has assisted business owners interested in improving their building facades to better reflect or achieve the Cascadian architecture style. Nineteen properties have been improved.
- Improvement of the Barlow Road Marker Public Space -- The Barlow Road monument at the east end of the village center serves as both a tourist attraction and community focal point. Improvements include seating, landscaping, flagpoles and a display kiosk.
- Installation of Village Entry and Business Directory Signs -- New entrance signs at each end of Government Camp Loop identify Government Camp and invite visitors off Highway 26. The Cascadian-style signs are lighted and surrounded by landscaping. Businesses were also reimbursed for replacing existing business signs with Cascadian themed signs.
- Water Main Construction and Fire Safety Improvements -- Approximately 10,200 lineal feet of 8”-12" water line and 20 hydrants were installed to provide fire flows to most of the community, including the new Still Creek development. In 2007 a 12-inch water line was placed across Highway 26 at the west intersection to provide adequate water flows for a new subdivision and any other future development in that part of the community.
- Sanitary District Treatment Plant -- The plant, which was completed in 2000, provides capacity for new development in the community.
- Geothermal Energy Study -- The Agency completed a study of the availability of geothermal energy sources and the feasibility of their use.
- Snow Management -- The Agency supported the development of a community-wide plan for storing snow. The plan includes policies and procedures to be followed by snow removal contractors.
- Urban Transportation System Plan (TSP) -- The Agency developed an urban transportation system plan to determine what, if any, road improvements would be necessary to facilitate community development.
- Loop Road and Core Area Improvements -- Paving the Government Camp Loop Road, completed in 2003, was funded through a $584,000 grant from the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA). Core area streetscape improvements, completed in 2004, included lighting, landscaping and street furniture, storm drainage and catch basins, and walkways.
- Parking Management Plan -- The Agency developed a plan to facilitate the management of parking in the community. A parking expansion plan provides strategies for the community as the demand for parking space increases.
- Multorpor Overpass Replacement -- The old overpass was replaced to improve access and safety. Multorpor Drive was also improved, with new sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. Construction began in March 2007 and was completed in fall 2009.
- Trails Master Plan and Improvements -- The plan identifies improvements needed to the existing trail network to enhance visitors’ experiences of the National Forest. Portions of improvements recommended in the Government Camp Trails Master Plan were constructed, including improvements to existing trailheads, signage and new trails. Construction on approximately nine miles of new, multi-use trails was completed in 2007, a trail from Timberline Lodge to Government Camp, and a new parking area and trailhead for Nordic skiers.
- Aerial Tram System -- A preliminary Feasibility and Fatal Flaw Analysis for an overhead transportation system on Mt. Hood was completed.