Sunrise Corridor Community Visioning Concept

Sunrise Corridor

In 1937 the Sunrise Community was covered with farmland. 

The Sunrise Corridor is a diverse place that includes many significant plants, animals and human stories. Part of our visioning work is to learn more from the community about what makes this area special and what “works” today so we can honor it in the future.

Land Acknowledgement

The Sunrise Corridor is a place of connections and movement

  • Nestled in a valley between the Clackamas River on the south, forested low hills (including Mt. Talbert and the bluff) to the north, I-205 to the west and 172nd Ave to the east
  • Home to 8,500 residents and to 800 businesses with more than 14,000 employees
  • Serves those traveling to and from home, work, and services in the area
  • One of the busiest freight distribution centers in the region and state -- an essential economic hub
  • Brings many out to play – from a day at Mount Hood or on the Clackamas River to a few hours enjoying the Mt. Talbert Nature Park or a Little League double-header at Riverside Park

Help shape a community vision for the Sunrise Corridor

The future success of the Sunrise Corridor depends on planning for the needs of the whole community -- residents, businesses and travelers.

Over the next year, community conversations will help shape this vision. We will invite the people who live, work, play and travel through the area to share their experiences and their hopes for the future…

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the area today?
  • What do people need for healthy places to live and work?
  • What is needed to make sure youth have opportunities in the area?
  • What do businesses need to thrive?
  • What is needed for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to travel reliably and safely in, around and through the Sunrise Corridor?

A community vision will be compiled into a guide that lays out specific actions, policies (rules or regulations), and future investments for a healthy and thriving Sunrise Corridor. 

This work is a partnership between Clackamas County, the City of Happy Valley, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Metro. Community input will help shape the work over the next year.

Project Area

Sunrise Corridor

The Sunrise Community today: We will look at different ways the area could change and what improvements would be needed. 

Who benefits from this plan?

We will develop a health and equity framework to make sure the plan reflects the needs of residents and businesses today, as well as future generations who will live, work, visit and play in the Sunrise Corridor.

The communities in the Sunrise Corridor deserve:

  • The opportunity to remain and thrive in the community
  • A healthy environment
  • Land-use designations that support:
    • A mix of housing sizes and types to meet the needs of different households and families
    • Access to living-wage jobs
  • Safe and reliable transportation options for all

Ways to be involved

We’re just getting started!

  • Through mid-2024, there will be opportunities for residents, employers, employees, and visitors to tell their stories and aspirations for the future of the Sunrise Corridor.
  • By mid-2024, we’ll look at what types of investments and changes might be possible and we’ll ask some focused questions.
  • We especially want to hear from people who have been left out of past conversations. We’ll be making extra efforts to connect with communities to learn what they think could improve the Sunrise Corridor.

Sign Up for Updates

Join us to create a vision for the future of the residents, businesses and stakeholders in the Sunrise Corridor!

Get project updates, information about how to apply for the project steering committee or to be a member of the leadership cohort, and news about other opportunities to be part of the Sunrise Corridor Community Visioning Concept.

 

Background

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The 2021 Oregon legislature passed HB 5006, which contributes $4 million to this visioning concept. Clackamas County and our regional partners — the City of Happy Valley, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Metro — are contributing through staff time. 

Read letter of support from area businesses and governments.

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The result will be an equitable development plan that will:

  • Create a community visioning process that encompasses economic, land use, mobility and health trends to ensure the community will thrive;
  • Develop an anti-displacement strategy that responds to community and stakeholder needs so that residents and businesses may remain within the community and benefit from the developments;
  • Develop an economic opportunities study to help support economic viability today and into the future;
  • Recommend a community-supported preferred transportation and land use alternative, and
  • Result in clear actionable steps to achieve implementation.
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Yes, there have been several transportation-focused studies in the past. With this study, we are bringing in a community health and equity framework to improve and build upon those past studies. This study will work with the Sunrise Corridor communities, businesses and stakeholders to identify a vision that helps the community thrive.

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The Sunrise Corridor is one of the most essential transportation routes in Oregon. 

  • It provides freight access between I-205 and U.S. 26, serving as a critical link between the Portland region and central Oregon. 
  • Not only does it serve a larger purpose connecting east and west, it’s home to one of the state’s busiest and most critical freight distribution centers, the Clackamas Industrial Area. 
  • It is the gateway to the Rock Creek Employment Center, an area brought into the Urban Growth Boundary in 2002 that is expected to provide thousands of new jobs in the coming years. 

Currently, OR 212/224 cannot handle the expected increase in traffic that will result from significant housing and employment growth in the corridor.

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Meetings

Board of Commissioners

2021
Sept. 14BCC Policy Session 
Performance Clackamas Update - Sunrise 
packet video
Contact
Department Staff
Jamie Stasny
Regional Transportation & Land Use Coordinator
971-678-6406

Phone:503-742-4400

150 Beavercreek Road Room #225 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Available by phone/email
Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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