Growing Washington Co. needs new infrastructure

More than 126,000 people will be moving to Washington County over 20 years

Major growth in Washington County means a lot of money will be allocated to expand the current infrastructure. (KOIN)

WASHINGTON CO., Ore. (KOIN) — Washington County is expected to grow substantially over the next 20 years, which means a lot of money will be put towards expanding the region’s current infrastructure.

Metro recently projected more than 126,000 people will be moving to Washington County in the coming decades.

County leaders say they’ve been planning for this growth for years.

More than 126,000 people will be moving to Washington County over 20 years. (KOIN)
More than 126,000 people will be moving to Washington County over 20 years. (KOIN)

As part of its 20-year plan, the county recently brought 4 major growth areas into the urban growth boundary: North Bethany in unincorporated Washington County, River Terrace in Tigard, Cooper Mountain in Beaverton and South Hillsboro.

“Together they are all currently in various states of permitting,” Director of Land Use and Transportation Andrew Singelakis said. “It’s going to result in about 18,000 dwelling units, primarily single-family homes and multi-level homes as well.”

As new developments pop up, the county’s existing infrastructure will need to be expanded. A city partnership was created to help develop a transportation finance program that will help fund new roadways needed in growth areas.

Singelakis says the program will allocate $175 million over 5 years. Washington County will foot 2/3 of the bill, with most of the money coming from bonds.

County leaders are also looking further into the future to plan for even more growth.

“There are also urban reserves which could end up being brought into the urban growth boundary at some point in the future,” Singelakis explained.

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