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Spring 2021


City planning -- Oregon -- Tigard, Urban community development -- Oregon -- Portland, Neighborhood planning -- Oregon -- Tigard


As the City of Tigard updates its zoning code for its industrial and commercial lands, opportunity exists to center equity and sustainability in the project. Tigard would be the first city to implement a zoning reform with these values integrated into the process. Further, through the operationalizing of equity in sustainability in the zoning code, Tigard can build a healthy community, one resilient to economic and environmental changes and nurturing for businesses of diverse backgrounds and communities. Though no other city we could identify has explicitly implemented both equity and sustainability in their zoning code, there are lessons from other cities along with extensive research that can guide us. Attune Planning strove to understand how other cities have zoned their employment areas for equity and sustainability. From those ideas, we recommended research-backed policies for the City of Tigard to deploy. Zoning is ultimately a blunt tool that cannot create the utopian world planners desire, but it can be a force for positive and for negative, cultivating certain outcomes and discouraging others. In sum, this document offers a roadmap to guide Tigard in becoming the first city to center equity and sustainability in its commercial and industrial zoning code, preparing Tigard for the changing economy and climate.


Team: Attune Planning PC


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