North Clackamas Revitalization Area

An Affordable Residential Neighborhood

The Situation

The established neighborhoods inside the North Clackamas Revitalization Area (NCRA) are among the more affordable places to live in Clackamas County, but the area has economic and public safety challenges. The long-term problem of lack of sewers (over 50% of the area did not even have access to a sewer system) and a need to maintain affordable housing options were identified by local residents through an extensive public outreach process.

The Response

In 2006, the plan, developed with input and support from local residents and community organizations, identified projects to improve the area's livability including public utilities, parks and open spaces, public buildings and facilities, street, curb and sidewalk improvements, streetscape and neighborhood beautification, and the preservation/rehabilitation and development/redevelopment of housing and commercial property.

The urban renewal district was primarily established to:

  • Maintain and rehabilitate existing affordable and mixed-use housing.
  • Provide public improvements, including a sanitary sewer system, to enhance area livability and stimulate investment.

The Results

Though this urban renewal district is only five years old, there has already been considerable progress:

  • Sanitary sewer installations are underway. The County provides low-interest loans to help low-income homeowners pay for hook-up fees and septic tank decommissioning
  • Housing programs focus on individual properties or projects including owner-occupied rehabilitation loans and grants, home access grants, critical repair grants, rental property rehabilitation loans, as well as down-payment and closing cost help for first-time homebuyers
  • In 2009 district residents celebrated the opening of their own light rail station on Fuller Road—an alternative to driving to jobs and recreational activities throughout the region
  • With the advice of a citizen advisory committee, the district is funding a new neighborhood park next to the new Hawthorne Park Housing Development
  • Work has begun to identify specific community needs related to street repairs, sidewalks, bike lanes and street lighting

Just the Facts

Established: 2006

Levy Terminated: 2031

Size: 1,008 acres

Frozen Assessed Value: $398 million

2009-10 Assessed Value: $461 million

New Growth In Assessed Value: $64 million

Maximum Indebtedness: $87 million

Assessed Value Added: $138 million

Jobs Created: 90

Sanitary Sewer Line: 1000,000 ft.

In Summary

The NCRA is on its way to becoming a safe, clean and affordable neighborhood with expanded and improved retail, residential, educational, transportation and recreational opportunities.

Additional project activities support efforts to provide:

  • Upgrades to serve new development
  • Incentives for new public and private building investments
  • A mix of affordable housing
  • Incentives to repair and rehabilitate deficient structures
  • Easy access to light rail
  • Funding for new parks and public buildings

The result of the NCRA will be a strong, stable neighborhood for families and small businesses. New communiy amenities are being planned, including Hawthorne Park on the corner of King Road and 75th. The Fuller Road Station Area now includes a "station community" plan to redevelop with a denser street network and a mix of housing, office, institutional and commercial uses.