Our Town: Toy Drive | Elections | Cooper Mountain | Winter Lights (Building a Better Beaverton)

Our Town: Toy Drive | Elections | Cooper Mountain | Winter Lights (Building a Better Beaverton)

Support Local Children with Beaverton Toy Drive

This holiday season, the city is collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families and children!

  • Location: The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Beaverton City Library Main, 12375 SW 5th St (During open hours)
  • Dates: Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Dec. 16
  • For more information, or if you or someone you know is a member of a family in need, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/DonationDrives.


General Election is November 8th

As provided in the Beaverton Charter of 2021 and City Ordinances, below are the names of the candidates to be placed on the official ballot to be used in the precincts of the city of Beaverton at the General Election of Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • City Council Position No. 1: Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg
  • City Council Position No. 2: Kevin Teater
  • City Council Position No. 5: John Dugger


Ballot Drop sites are available at:

  • Washington County Elections Office 2925 NE Aloclek Dr., Suite 170, Hillsboro (24-hour-access outdoor box by front entrance)
  • Washington County “Service Center East” (24-hour drop slot inside main lobby entrance) 3700 SW Murray Blvd.
  • Beaverton City Library, Curbside on SW Hall Blvd (between SW 3rd St and SW 5th St) 24-hour-access box on SW Hall Blvd
  • Beaverton Library – Murray Scholls, 11200 SW Murray Scholls Pl. Suite 102 (North parking lot – outside of Martial Arts school) 24-hour-access outdoor box

For more information, visit www.washingtoncountyor.gov/elections. No Postage required, drop your ballot off at an elections office or an official drop site in the state. Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or delivered to the elections office or an official drop site by 8pm on Tuesday, Nov. 8.


Beaverton Winter Shelter to Open in November for the Winter Season

The Beaverton Winter Shelter will be open for the winter season to provide a warm, safe space for adults experiencing homelessness to stay. The shelter is a collaboration between the city, Just Compassion of East Washington County, and Washington County Supportive Housing Services.

This season, the shelter will provide space for 30 adults on a 24/7 basis, with access to resources, showers, hot meals, and a safe place to sleep. The shelter will be open from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, May 31 at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW Fifth St.

Adults in need of shelter should contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 or visit www.washingtoncountyor.gov/housing/efforts-end-homelessness/homeless-resources.

This is just one of several winter shelters for adults operating within Washington County with the goal of ensuring no one dies from exposure this winter.

The Beaverton Winter Shelter will continue to operate for future winter seasons until the Year-Round Shelter is ready to open, anticipated for early 2024. The project is underway, with next steps including shelter design with an architect and technical experts, developing a good neighbor agreement with adjacent businesses, and selecting an operator.

For ongoing updates, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Shelter or sign up for notifications at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Notifications.


Bringing new Ideas to Cooper Mountain

This summer, City Council provided guidance on the Preferred Approach for Cooper Mountain, which describes how the city will plan for new housing, commercial areas, parks, trails, and roads. The project team shared early ideas for zoning and development that are specific to Cooper Mountain and are intended to help achieve our goals of providing housing variety, local shops and services, and equitable outcomes for residents.


Highlights of the zoning approach include:

  • Allowing small-scale commercial uses within residential neighborhoods where most single-detached and middle housing will be provided
  • Requiring a minimum amount of housing variety within new residential developments
  • Ensuring middle housing types (duplexes, tri/quadplexes, cottage clusters, townhomes) are distributed within new residential developments rather than entirely segregated in different areas
  • Providing options for property owners and developers to meet new housing rules

The Cooper Mountain Community Plan is also an opportunity to take a new approach to natural resource protection. The city heard from many of you about the importance of creeks, trees, and wildlife in the area. City Council will discuss an approach to natural resource protection in Cooper Mountain during a work session on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CooperMountain to review project documents, sign up for project updates, and learn about ways to stay involved! For more information, contact Cassera Phipps of the Community Development Department at 503-319-9414.


Beaverton Winter Lights Coming Soon! 

Join the city on Saturday, Dec. 3 to kick off Beaverton Winter Lights at City Park located at SW Hall Boulevard and SW Third Street. The day will be filled with a multitude of festivities beginning at 2:00 p.m. and culminating with the mayor’s tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. This year the Beaverton High School Holiday Bazaar will host a marketplace from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the Beaverton City Library and City Park Fountain on SW 5th Street where the Beaverton Farmers Market usually operates. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.


Street Closures on Dec. 3

To ensure the safety of pedestrians, SW 5th Street between SW Hall Boulevard and SW Watson Avenue will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 3, for the tree lighting ceremony. SW Hall Boulevard between SW 5th Street and SW 3rd Street will be reduced to one lane starting at 4:30 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony.


Can’t Attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony?

  • Beaverton Winter Lights will be available from Saturday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Jan. 5.
  • For more information about the event, activities, and performances, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WinterLights
  • Find a list of hours and locations at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/WinterLights.