News and Events

August 6, 2019

Groundbreaking for Leach Botanical Garden Upper Garden Project

Groundbreaking for the Leach Botanical Garden Upper Garden Project took place August 1, 2019. The garden expansion includes an aerial tree walk, a pollinator garden, a fireplace terrace, new paths, and over a thousand new plants. The project will transform a local treasure into a world-class destination, joining other famous Portland gardens like the Japanese Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden. Winterbrook led the land use and environmental planning tasks for the project.



July 10, 2019

Ontario Zone Change and Annexation

Winterbrook contracted with the Curtis family to annex and rezone their 10-acre site from residential to light industrial use near the Ontario Airport and the Yturri Beltline.  Working closely with Planning Director Dan Cummings, we demonstrated why the proposal complied with the Ontario Comprehensive Plan and applicable Statewide Planning Goals – especially Goals 9 (Economic Development), 10 (Housing), 11 (Public Facilities) and 12 (Transportation).  The Planning Commission unanimously approved the application on July 8, 2019.  As noted by our client Linda Curtis,

Dan said we couldn’t have done it without your exceptional work.  He said you were very thorough and addressed all of the issues.  Thank you so much!



July 1, 2019

Oregon Harbor Of Hope Design Review

Early rendering of the Broadway Navigation Center

Winterbrook responded to an urgent request by Oregon Harbor of Hope to coordinate and address the land use needs for OHOH’s planned Navigation Center at the Broadway Bridge.  The Center will provide temporary shelter for 100 homeless individuals and navigational assistance to social service programs such as mental and medical health, housing placement and job training. Winterbrook has served as a land use advisor on the project since 2018.

Winterbrook’s Design Review application was approved by the City in early 2019.

The Portland Design Commission voted unanimously to approve the Broadway Navigation Center on June 27.  Formal findings and a final decision are set for their August 15 meeting.


May 8, 2019

Columbia Children’s Arboretum Improvements


Winterbrook is assisting NNA Landscape Architecture with environmental documentation and permitting for trail and shelter improvements at the Columbia Children’s Arboretum, a park area originally proposed by John Charles Olmsted in 1904.




April 10, 2019

McMinnville High School Under Construction


Construction is progressing on a significant expansion of McMinnville High School. Winterbrook obtained the land use permit for the school expansion in 2016, including conditional use review and a height variance for the roof of the new gymnasium.

Drone footage of construction site:



April 9, 2019

PCC Child Care Center Under Construction


PCC Rock Creek continues to grow, due to voter-financed construction, and Winterbrook’s help in obtaining land use permits. New projects include two major additions to existing campus buildings and a child care center for students and staff.





March 8, 2019

Tualatin River Farm Expansion Approved

Working closely with Clean Water Services and Resolve Architecture, Winterbrook prepared a detailed land use application to allow a landscape contractor business at Tualatin River Farm.  Washington County approved this application on March 5, 2019. Winterbrook previously prepared the Master Plan for Tualatin River Farm.



February 28, 2019

Winterbrook Welcomes Alex Pichacz


Alex Pichacz has joined Winterbrook Planning as an assistant planner. He has experience with Oregon farm and forest planning, having previously worked for Clackamas and Benton Counties on those issues. Pichacz has authored reports on a recreational surfing wave in downtown Missoula, Montana and affordable housing policies in his home state of New Jersey. He has a master’s degree in geography from the University of Montana.



February 11, 2019

Winterbrook Welcomes Jaime Crawford


Winterbrook Planning has hired Jaime Crawford as an assistant planner. She has helped guide both long-range and short-range planning projects in Oregon and Kentucky. She previously interned for the City of Milwaukie. An Oregon native, Jaime holds a master’s degree from the University of Louisville.



December 12, 2018

Treasure Valley Reload Center

At a joint elected official public hearing held in Nyssa, Oregon the Nyssa City Council and the Malheur County Board unanimously approved the Winterbrook’s application for the Treasure Valley Reload Center – a $26 million, 210-acre, rail-dependent, agricultural produce transshipment facility funded by the Oregon Legislature.

The consolidated application amended the Nyssa and Malheur County Comprehensive Plans, the Nyssa Zoning Ordinance, EOA and PFP, and the Malheur County and Nyssa Plan/Zoning Maps. Winterbrook led the consultant team through the complex land use review process, which included extensive coordination with affected local and state agencies, property owners and public interest groups.

In addition to praise from local and state officials and Chambers of Commerce, Alex Biddle of 1000 Friends of Oregon expressed strong support for the project at the public hearing:

“1000 Friends is grateful for the incredible work of the leaders and staff that are making this project come to reality. This win-win-win project will keep productive farmland profitable, support farming families, and enhance the local agricultural economy.” 1000 Friends.”