A Message from the Mayor

Mayor’s Message – Pleasant Valley / North Carver Plan

As long as I’ve been on the City Council, I have heard many residents say they wish Happy Valley had a downtown commercial core, another community park, and better recreational access to the Clackamas River. At the same time, I know there is a strong desire for Happy Valley to maintain its small-town feel. Based on these desires, a team of community members, city staff, and consultant experts have been working on a plan to ensure the growth of Happy Valley includes a vision for these amenities while also protecting our neighborhoods and wildlife corridors. We call this visioning effort the Pleasant Valley / North Carver Comprehensive Plan.

This effort started shortly after 2016 when numerous property owners representing over 1,000 acres of land adjacent to Happy Valley’s eastern city limits submitted petitions to annex. These lands are part of the Metro Urban Growth Boundary and the City has an obligation to establish a comprehensive plan for the area using public input.

For almost two years, a Community Advisory Committee made up of property owners in the area and other community leaders advised City staff members in establishing a draft plan. In addition, a group of technical experts (Technical Advisory Committee) and the public-at-large have been involved via these committee meetings and planning workshops. Throughout this process, we hope you have also been keeping up by reading the monthly updates in HV News.

While this effort took a pause during the pandemic, we restarted the engagement efforts this past July, and the City has organized a socially distanced outside open house for residents to get up to speed on the draft plan and offer input. There is also an online virtual open house. If you want to provide input, please visit https://hv.city/pvnc by October 8th.

As a City Council, we have relied on extensive public input in creating this plan for the future. Before the plan is finalized, there are still a few more steps, including public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council. We look forward to hearing more of your feedback.

As Mayor, I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of having a downtown, another community park, and beautiful neighborhoods. Thank you again to everyone who has helped shape the draft plan.

Mayor Ellis


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