Oregon Public Broadcasting

The city of Beaverton's future vision got a shot in the arm last Tuesday, after voters approved using urban renewal downtown.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle says he had to convince voters that the measure wouldn't increase taxes. Beaverton schools did want to increase property taxes, and voters rejected that measure.

The Beaverton urban renewal area passed with roughly 55 percent of the vote.

Doyle says even with the urban renewal approval, it'll be a while before downtown Beaverton changes. He says natural areas may change first.

"You make actually see the streams get worked on and some of the pathways there happen. But I can't see much happen in terms of urban renewal dollars until 2013, maybe 2014," Doyle said.

On the other side of Portland, Clackamas County voters expressed skepticism about urban renewal. They voted to require countywide votes, any time county leaders embark on urban renewal. Beaverton Mayor Doyle points out that his city just got that approval. But Clackamas County commissioners say it would be tougher to rally majority support across their county than in a city, like Beaverton.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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