News and Events
Leach Botanical Garden
Winterbrook’s consolidated land use application for the Upper Garden Master Plan was approved by Portland’s Land Use Hearings Officer in fall, 2017. This is the culmination of more than two years of community involvement and input, and the creative efforts of the design team, the Working Group, the Leach Garden Friends, and all of the partners in the planning process. This process led to an iconic design for the garden that enjoys broad community support. Winterbrook led the land use and environmental planning tasks for the project.
New Seaside School Campus Outside the Tsunami Inundation Zone
Seaside is highly vulnerable to a major subduction earthquake and subsequent tsunami event. Winterbrook is leading the Seaside School District’s application to amend the Seaside UGB to accommodate a new K-12 campus above the tsunami inundation zone. Winterbrook drafted detailed findings for Seaside land use proposal, and drafted a new I-C Campus Institutional Zone for schools and hospitals. The Seaside Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval in August, and Seaside City Council voted to approve the amendment package on October 9, 2017, based on well-organized testimony from the District and community representatives, the consultant team and key state agencies.
Forest Park Trailhead & Nature Center
Portland Parks & Recreation is creating a new gateway to Forest Park, with a new trailhead, interpretive facilities, nature center, parking and school bus drop-off. Winterbrook leads the land use and environmental planning for the project, which includes wetland delineations and assessments, local land use reviews, and state and federal permitting. The new entrance and education center was envisioned for this site as part of the Forest Park Natural Resources Management Plan (1995), co-authored by Tim Brooks.
Portland City Council approves Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Under Armour Headquarters
Winterbrook led the land use planning process for Under Armour’s new regional headquarters in Portland. City Council unanimously approved the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Zone Change, and two Design Reviews necessary to expand and renovate the existing YMCA building on SW Barbur Boulevard. The local neighborhood association strongly supported the proposal. At the public hearings, Commissioner Fritz remarked: “It is nothing short of astonishing that there is complete agreement on this site. Would not have guessed that, so thank you for listening and for considering the community in which this building is placed.”
Portland Historic Landmarks and Design Commissions Approve One Pacific Square Renovation
Winterbrook led a team of design, architectural historian and engineering professionals in preparing the design review and historic review applications for the storefront expansion of this “structural expressionist” 1984 building. The application subject to often conflicting River District and the Skidmore Old Town Historic District Guidelines. The proposal was strongly supported by the Old Town Chinatown Community Association and, after several design revisions, was unanimously approved by both commissions.
Scappoose Urban Growth Boundary Expansion Approved
Four years after LCDC’s acknowledgement of Scappoose’s Urban Growth Boundary amendment, the Court of Appeals affirms LCDC’s decision.
“Wow, I just read thru the full LCDC response and I am elated with their replies to all of the objections. A toast to all of you for your hard work on this project!” Ed Freeman, Sierra Pacific Communities, LLC
“We conclude that LCDC’s interpretation of the rules is plausible, and that LCDC adequately explained both why the UGB amendment was justifiable under those rules and how it applied its own substantial evidence standard of review. Accordingly, we affirm the order under review.” (Zimmerman v. LCDC, 274 Or App 512 (2015))
Portland Tree Inventory Project
Winterbrook staff participated in Portland’s Tree Inventory Project, which has mapped, measured, and identified 70,000 street trees throughout Portland (from Urban Forestry Home Page, 9/2/15).
Willamette Falls Riverwalk
Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently announced the selection of a team that includes Winterbrook Planning for design of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon City. The team, led by design firms Mayer Reed, Snohetta, and Dialog, will open the falls to the public for the first time in 100 years. Winterbrook previously helped create a master plan and new zoning for the historically important district.
Leach Botanical Garden
Winterbrook is part of a team led by Land Morphology that was recently selected to complete the design of the Upper Garden at Leach Botanical Garden. Winterbrook leads the land use and environmental planning tasks, guiding plans for new botanical collections, a new facility entrance, and new buildings including a visitor center, education building and greenhouses. Previously, Winterbrook helped prepare the 2010 Leach Botanical Garden Master Plan. Tim Brooks’ volunteer work dates back to 1985; he prepared the garden’s plant inventory, cataloged plants, designed labels, and served on the Education Committee.
Cherry Park Elementary School Expansion
The City of Portland approved a major expansion of David Douglas School District’s Cherry Park Elementary School. The expansion will add five new classrooms and a covered play area to the existing school in Southeast Portland.