Clackamas Industrial Area

Highway 212 Beautification

The Clackamas Industrial Area is one of three county urban renewal districts in Clackamas County. This industrial area is a regional distribution, warehousing and wholesale trade center. The district was created in 1984 to support development of the area as a vital employment center, and attractive commercial and residential service center. Working with the public and business community, the Development Agency created plans for the district to reduce traffic congestion, control flooding, improve drainage, promote economic development and create new jobs for local residents.

In 1984, the area initially consisted of 2,173 acres and had an assessed value of $263 million. In 2001, amendments were made and the area was reduced to 1,187 acres with an assessed value of $320 million (after returning $253.5 million to general tax rolls when withdrawn from area in 2001). When the district tax increment levy was terminated in 2006, $649 million was added to the tax rolls of overlapping taxing agencies -- including the school district, fire district, water district, library, parks and county.

Funding Background

The Clackamas Industrial Area collected tax increment financing (TIF) revenues through FY 2005-06.

A major amendment approved in December 2001 reduced the size of the Clackamas Industrial urban renewal area by approximately 50% from 2,173 acres to 1,187 acres. This reduction was possible because the planned urban renewal projects in this area were completed. The result was substantial additional tax revenues for the districts that levy taxes in the urban renewal areas. In addition, the amendment added the Sunrise Corridor project to the plan, which allows urban renewal funds to be used for the local match needed to advance this project.

Effective July 1, 2006, the Development Agency terminated its tax increment levy, adding the assessed value to the tax rolls and making significantly increased revenues available to overlapping taxing districts. The Agency is using the remaining funds to complete plan projects.

In 2007, the Clackamas Industrial Area Urban Renewal Plan was amended. The amendment included:

  • Adding 40 acres along SE 172nd Avenue from Highway 212 to the Clackamas/Multnomah County line, and
  • Improvements to SE 172nd Avenue.

The district has also done a great deal to support development of the Sunrise Corridor. Major activities include:

  • Environmental documentation necessary to qualify for federal funding of the project
  • Funding for needed environmental work and right-of-way acquisition.
  • Selection of a project manager
  • Nine parcels acquired through preemptive right-of-way acquisition and plans to acquire additional parcels.
  • Purchase of a 31.77-acre former Superfund site that provides important right-of-way. The property, located east of 82nd Avenue and north of Mather Road, has undergone soil remediation and capping, and groundwater remediation. The Agency is leasing the property until it is needed for development of the Sunrise Corridor Phase 2.

Clackamas Industrial Area boundary

Clackamas Industrial Area Documents

Completed Projects


  • Sunrise Corridor
    Phase 1, completed in summer 2016, provides a new four lane highway from I-205 to 122nd Avenue, and improves local roadway connections to the Lawnfield Industrial District. The project reduces congestion, increases safety, and enhances economic development opportunities and freight mobility.
  • Highway 212
    Completed in fall 2000, this project improved the function and appearance of the industrial area between SE 98th Avenue and 135th Avenue along Highway 212.
  • Jennifer Extension/SE 135th Avenue
    Completed in fall 2002, this project reconstructed 135th Avenue and connected SE Jennifer Street to improve east-west access in the area.
  • 135th Avenue
    Improved circulation patterns necessary for local access and the Sunrise Corridor.
  • Evelyn Street Overpass at 82nd Drive
    Provides direct access to the Gladstone interchange on I-205 and reduces congestion on Highway 212.
  • 102nd Improvements and Lawnfield/Mather Connection:
    Improves 102nd Avenue, Clackamas Road and Industrial Way from Highway 212 to Mather Road, with bike lanes and sidewalks. Connects Mather Road to 98th Avenue. Improves sight distance at the intersection of 98th Court and Lawnfield.

Community Use

  • Improved Fire Protection
    Fire District 1 needed a facility on 130th Avenue. The Agency provided $300,000 toward constructing the final phase.
  • Clackamas Sand and Gravel Site
    The Agency purchased this 37-acre site and area service providers initiated site planning activities for consolidated joint use.
  • Regional Flood Control and Recreation Facility
    The Agency purchased an 87-acre site at the western end of the area in 1992-93, and funded construction of a regional flood control facility that was completed in 1998. Wetland mitigation construction was completed in 2000. Future uses will be joint flood control, natural area and recreational facilities.
  • Deer Creek Park Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA)
    The Agency negotiated an IGA with Water Environment Services (WES) to transfer a 1.76- acre parcel at the intersection of 82nd Avenue and the Southern Pacific Railroad line to WES for stream restoration and habitat enhancement for resident fish species.
  • The Clackamas River North Bank Plan
    This plan, adopted in 1996-97, reviewed adjacent land uses on the north bank of the Clackamas River and identified five key parcels of land to be acquired. The Agency purchased one site in 1997-98, another in 1998-99 and a third in 2007.

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