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The City of Medford is working on the Liberty Park Neighborhood Plan! Liberty Park is one of the City's oldest and most established neighborhoods, with a diverse mix of residents and businesses. It includes a mix of housing, commercial and retail businesses, educational and other institutions, and industrial uses, while serving as a gateway to the Downtown, other commercial areas, and the Bear Creek Greenway. At the same time, the neighborhood is surrounded by major roadways and it lacks a safe network of streets to provide adequate connections within and outside its boundaries.
Future public and private investment and revitalization will improve the area’s livability and economic health for residents, visitors and business-owners. In 2018, the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) allocated approximately $17 million toward the Liberty Park neighborhood in order to fund future improvements and development. The Neighborhood Plan will help identify the project priorities for the $17 million dedicated by MURA.
The project lasts from June 2018 to June 2019 and will include three major phases:
Phase 1: Project kickoff, goals and existing conditions
Phase 2: Identify a public vision for the neighborhood through open houses, a virtual visioning website, and other opportunities for input
Phase 3: Draft neighborhood plan, identify needed ordinance, code and comprehensive plan changes
Final Draft: The final draft Liberty Park Neighborhood Plan will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for a recommendation and then to the City Council for adoption into the City's Comprehensive Plan.
The Liberty Park Neighborhood Plan is funded by a Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program grant through the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). The City was awarded the grant in August of 2017. City Staff are working with Jacobs & Angelo Planning Group.
Angelo Planning Group