Urban Renewal Projects

Typical Block
Typical Block

The City of Sandy is proud of its downtown. The 3/4 mile stretch between Bluff Road and Ten Eyck Road is the heart of the city and offers diverse retail shopping, dining and entertainment. Sandy's downtown is also home to a variety of community services including City Hall, Sandy Fire, the Sandy Police Station, the Sandy Public Library and the Senior/Community Center. Because the downtown is a valuable asset to the community, the City has undertaken several urban renewal projects to increase the prosperity of the community by enabling an economically viable and vibrant city.

Downtown Design Guidelines

On April 2nd of 2008, the Sandy City Council adopted new design standards for commercial buildings within Sandy city limits. Known as the "Sandy Style," the design guidelines are the result of extensive public involvement. These guidelines promote more attractive and appealing architecture in Sandy by establishing some common architectural standards within our commercial buildings to help promote a unified theme. For more information on these guidelines, click here.

Downtown Utility Undergrounding and Streetscape Project

Sandy Streetscaping
Sandy Streetscaping

Through funding from the Urban Renewal District, the City has begun the transformation to a new and improved downtown with the removal of overhead utility lines along Pioneer and Proctor Blvd. Many of the existing utility poles and lines will be relocated underground to enhance the look and feel of Downtown Sandy. Improvements also include new street lights, benches, planters and sidewalks that will encourage you to leave your car behind. 

Urban Renewal Project Timeline

  • The City leveraged Urban Renewal funding to construct Centennial Plaza next to Sandy City Hall and the Sandy Historical Society Museum on Hoffman Ave. The amphitheater-style plaza features a large open area, seating, farmer's market vendor pads, landscaping and a water feature.
  • Public restroom facilities were added to Centennial Plaza in November of 2012.
  • The City of Sandy will be using Urban Renewal funds for the Cedar Ridge/Bignall Pool Recreation Center Project (through 2018)

1998 Urban Renewal Plan

On December 21, 1998, the City of Sandy adopted the Sandy Urban Renewal Plan. The plan serves to guide development in the downtown area, as well as implement the goals and objectives of Sandy's Comprehensive Plan. Click the link below to read more.

Sandy Urban Renewal Agency - Annual Report

Per ORS 457.460, each year an Urban Renewal Agency must prepare a report on finances and file the report with the governing body of the municipality within which it is located.  The City Council accepted the annual report at the March 20, 2017 Council meeting.