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West Linn - Plan the Heart

Arch Bridge

The City is looking to reopen the door to its past in this historic but underutilized section of West Linn by bringing people and businesses back and showcasing the natural beauty of the area.

This project will create a viable master plan and implementation strategy for the Arch Bridge/Bolton area that is at the heart of West Linn. In fact, this area is called the "Heart of West Linn" in the 2006 Bolton Neighborhood plan. The Final Plan is now online.

The City kicked off the project at a City Council meeting on Jan. 27, 2014. The project is being guided by an advisory committee comprised of various community members that is meeting throughout 2014. A technical committee with staff from various agencies is also providing input and guidance.

There have been and will continue to be numerous opportunities for public input throughout the year. There was a survey sent out in March which garnered 487 responses, a three-day storefront studio and associated community workshops were held in April with nearly 150 participants. Two walking tours were set, Aug. 5 and Aug. 23, with more than 40 people participating. There will also be an open house in the fall along with a virtual online open house.

The Existing Conditions report was presented to the City Council on April 14, 2014. A progress report memo and presentation with draft recommendations and concepts was presented to the Council and Planning Commission in a joint meeting on July 8, 2014.  Any required regulatory changes are expected in early 2015.

The project is funded through a $220,000 Metro Community Planning and Development grant, which is funded through the construction excise tax. The City is providing an $80,000 in-kind match.

For more information, contact Association Planner Darren Wyss at or 503-722-5512.

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