Government Camp Village Area

Supporting the Recreation Destination of Clackamas County

The Situation

The community leaders and citizens of Government Camp recognized that a series of fires, the relocation of Highway 26 bypassing the village and the difficulty of attracting passing motorists had slowed the pace of necessary improvements and stifled growth in new business and housing.

The Response

After months of meetings and hearings with community leaders and residents, Clackamas County established the urban renewal district in 1989. To accomplish the district's goals, as established by the community, the County invested in dozens of projects under the guidance of a community advisory council.

The urban renewal district was established to:

  • Complement and support private improvements
  • Engage in planning to support the business district
  • Provide public access to, and increased use of, recreational areas
  • Eliminate blighting influences
  • Install and improve public facilities
  • Rehabilitate and conserve properties
  • Encourage environmentally and economically sound residential, commercial and recreational facilities

Urban Renewal Attracted Private Investments

The Government Camp district has received more than $3.4 million of matching funds from other government agencies to support projects throughout the community.

The results of the urban renewal efforts include greater tourism, higher usage, increased housing options and the growth of a recreation/wilderness area that is the pride of all Oregonians and a draw for people from all over the country and the world. After collecting sufficient revenue to accomplish the district's goals, Clackamas County stopped collecting urban renewal revenue on June 30, 2009.

The Results

  • Commercial core area and Multorpor Drive streetscape improvements
  • Nearly two miles of water mains and 26 fire hydrants
  • New sewage treatment plant and sewer line extensions
  • Construction of Barlow Road kiosk and miles of new multi-use trails
  • Village entry and business directory signage
  • Loop Road street lighting
  • Multorpor Overpass replacement
  • Acquisition of a multi-use museum and cultural center
  • Residential street paving
  • Seasonal employee housing
  • Fascade improvements to commercial buildings
  • Utility connections, fire sprinkler installation, and architectural upgrades to Collins Lake development, Tamarack Lodge, Westlake Lodge, and Lodge at Government Camp.
  • Snow management strategies and community parking plans

Just the Facts

Established: 1989

Levy Terminated: 2009

Size: 8,960 acres (8,397 of forest)

Frozen Assessed Value: $24 million

2009 Assessed Value: $160 million

New Growth In Assessed Value: $136 million

Maximum Indebtedness: $9 million

Jobs Created: 203

Housing Units Created: 339

New Businesses: 14

In Summary

In partnership with the utility providers, the urban renewal agency placed overhead utilities underground to prevent snow damage, and expanded water lines and the sewer system, including the sewage treatment plant. These infrastructure improvements were vital to encourage private development of resorts, hotels and condominiums, retail projects and housing.

  • Loop Road and residential streets were paved to improve access for residents, tourists and safety vehicles.
  • Money and expertise were provided for fascade improvements, parking, sidewalks and landscaping in the commercial core.
  • The County also invested in improved trail signs and new multi-use trails.

The combined impact of increased public and private investment gave a significant boost to the tourism economy.

The higher, wider, safer Multorpor overpass allows large trucks to travel on Highway 26 without having to detour through Government Camp. The attractive new bridge, which includes eight bronze art panels, also brings together the two sides of Government Camp, encouraging more development on the south side of the highway.