2018 Annual Progress Report Summary
This is the third annual progress report for the 2035 Plan. Implementation of the current action plan has advanced quickly, particularly as a number of the “early” actions within the plan reflect the ongoing work of the City and community partner organizations.
To date, of the 90 adopted actions:
- 68 are implemented and ongoing
- 19 are underway
- 3 have not yet started
Therefore, 76% of the current action plan is complete, and 97% is either complete or initiated. This implementation pace aligns well with the fact that most actions in the current plan are scheduled to be complete by 2020, and because the City and community partners will be updating and adding to the action plan over the next several years as part of a 5 year update.
2017-2018 Implementation Highlights
- The Hillsboro Farmers’ Market (HFM), now operating four seasonal markets, has expanded food access programs to serve low-income populations and veterans. HFM is also partnering with the Hillsboro Food Coop to promote membership. These accomplishments implement Health, Wellness and Safety Initiative 1 to promote community wellness through expanded services, information and access to healthy food and activities.
- This year, nearly 43% of Hillsboro high school seniors enrolled in two or more Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. This implements a specific action under the Education and Community Involvement focus area to “Increase the percentage of students enrolled in challenging curricula (including AP and International Baccalaureate programs).
- This past year, the City helped fund a staff position at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) who will focus on determining demand and opportunities, including funding resources, for entrepreneurs in Washington County and Hillsboro specifically. This aligns with a number of actions in the 2035 plan related to support for entrepreneurship, small business and business start-ups.
- The Westside Transportation Alliance (WTA) introduced a new incentive program called “Commuter Kickbacks,” that promotes the use of travel options like transit, carpooling, biking, walking, or telecommuting to decrease single occupancy vehicle auto trip rates. People who log at least four of these commutes during the month are eligible to win prizes. WTA leads an action regarding transit usage promotion under a 2035 initiative to enhance alternative transportation options, services and facilities.
- City of Hillsboro Public Works recently completed bicycle improvements on Brookwood, Cornelius Pass Road, Baseline and 28th Avenue. Additional bike lane improvements are under construction on Cedar, and in the design phase for Jackson School Road. Recent sidewalk improvements have been completed in the WL Henry Elementary and Brookwood Elementary Walk Zones. These (and other) projects implement Livability and Recreation Initiative 7: Make Hillsboro walkable and bicycle-friendly citywide for daily living and recreation.
- The Hillsboro School District expanded food scrap collection programs to nearly every Hillsboro-area school, which will greatly reduce the amount of food-waste entering our landfills. This helps implement the Resource Recovery and Renewal Objectives goal area within the Environmental Sustainability section of the 2035 Plan.
There are many other accomplishments from this past year of 2035 Plan implementation, a number of which are featured in the 2018 Annual Progress Report Video.
Coming Soon – 5 Year Action Plan Update
A key part of the “recipe for success” for both the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and now for the 2035 Plan is the significant update that the plans undergo every five years. Starting in early 2019, the Oversight Committee will launch a proactive community engagement program, spearheaded by a community-based Task Force charged with collecting community ideas for the next round of actions added to the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan. This Year 5 Update will be complete in the first quarter of 2020 and will feature newly designed and printed copies of the plan.