February 1, 2017
Hillsboro has always been a forward-thinking community with an exceptional ability to adapt to changing times and circumstances. Decades ago, when Hillsboro was still a small town, our leaders recognized growth was coming and had the foresight to secure land, water and transit to support the economic growth we enjoy today. Hillsboro became a complete community. As the population soared toward 70,000 in the late 1990s, the City invited community members to help define how they wanted Hillsboro to grow and evolve in the years ahead.
The resulting Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan has had a profound influence over the last fifteen years. You might be surprised just how many Hillsboro landmarks were born from that original community visioning initiative. Examples include the Hillsboro Civic Center and Tom Hughes Plaza, Hondo Dog Park, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Venetian Theatre, community gardens, and even Ron Tonkin Field, to name just a few.
But underlying all of the visible accomplishments is an even more impressive outcome: stronger community partnerships and collaboration. Dozens of local organizations and hundreds of volunteers have had a hand in implementing the Hillsboro 2020 Vision and Action Plan. In fact, we have been so proficient that our twenty-year plan was nearly complete in fifteen.
But this is Hillsboro, where we are always looking forward and planning ahead. Like its predecessor, the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan is built on values, goals and aspirations shared by thousands of our friends, families and neighbors, including many who are newly-arrived to Hillsboro. It sets a bold vision for the next twenty years and specifies near-term steps we can take to get there. As the title indicates, it is truly a community plan, with multiple partners volunteering to play a role in its implementation.
I hope you are as inspired as I am by the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan. It is reflective of our growing and changing community. It strikes a balance between accommodating future growth – Hillsboro is projected to be home to as many as 140,000 residents by 2035 – and finding ways to maintain our sense of place and identity.
It clearly articulates the kind of community people want to see: safe, smart, and easy to get around with strong employment and plenty of things to see and do.
Finally, I want to thank all the volunteers, staff and partner organizations who have contributed so much time and energy to this endeavor. You make Hillsboro a better place and inspire all of us to serve.
Mayor Steve Callaway