Community Projects

The State Highway 99W: Newberg and Dundee Bypass, Phase 1 project is located near the Oregon 99W corridor, where the highway passes through Newberg and Dundee in eastern Yamhill County. The project will provide an alternate route for local commuter and freight traffic around the congestion in Dundee and south Newberg, reducing the number of vehicles using Oregon 99W. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion and improve regional and local transportation along the Oregon Route 99W corridor in the Newberg and Dundee area.

The HB 2001 project is being accomplished by two separate projects: Newberg-Dundee Improvement Project #1 and OR18: Newberg-Dundee Bypass. The project is expected to construct a two-lane highway from Oregon 219, near Newberg, to Oregon 99W, southwest of Dundee.

Oregon Route 99W serves as “main street” for both Newberg and Dundee. It also connects the cities to the Portland Metropolitan Area, McMinnville and the Oregon Coast. Because this highway is the most direct route between the Willamette Valley and coastal communities, tourist traffic has steadily increased. Weekday commuters also use the highway to travel between Yamhill County and the Portland Metropolitan Area.

All of these demands combine to create severe congestion; lines of vehicles often stretch for over a mile in both directions. Congestion and travel delays have reached unacceptable levels for those who live, work in or travel through Newberg, Dundee and the surrounding areas. This project will alleviate congestion by adding highway capacity.

The Chehalem Valley Chamber along with many other stakeholders throughout Yamhill County has actively lobbied at the State and Federal level. Their combined efforts have resulted in the 192 million dollar earmark in HB 2001. In addition the project has received several million dollars through the support of our federal delegation. For more information and maps of the project visit:

On November 5, 2014 Measure 36-170 was overwhelmingly approved in the elections with 62% Yes and 38% No, in favor of renovating Chehalem Aquatic & Fitness Center.

On July 24, 2014, the CPRD Board of Directors voted to put a $19.9 million bond measure on the November 2014 ballot for the renovation of the Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center. The facility, built in 1970, is in need of basic infrastructure updates, and if approved, the measure would also refurbish the pool facility to include modern features and amenities.

This measure will fund the redevelopment of CPRD’s 44-year-old community swimming pool facility as follows:

  • Replacing out-of-date machinery to improve energy efficiency
  • Replacing structurally deficient cement and rebar infrastructure
  • Redeveloping pool facility to meet current demand and reduce overcrowding
  • Improved pool design to provide better safety for students and seniors
  • Construction of additional space for regional school swim meets
  • Renovations for ADA compliance
  • Demolition of existing out-of-date structures and renovation and improvement of fitness section and acquisition of new equipment
  • Parking and site improvements and furnishings/equipment updates related to the pool redevelopment
  • Citizen oversight is required

Bonds mature in 21 years or less from issuance and can be in more than one series. The average annual tax rate for bonds is estimated to be approximately $.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value or $45.00 annually for a home with an assessed value of $100,000. Results may differ based on actual interest rates incurred and growth in assessed value.

Construction will begin in January 2016 with completion of the project in February 2017. Follow the progress at

The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Newberg are leading the development of a 3- to 5-year strategy for economic development. The team meets monthly with various community stakeholders from Newberg and Dundee to create a great reputation for our community and its business environment. Our goals are to retain and attract businesses for a diverse and robust economy, maximize employment opportunities, grow the city’s tax base and enhance the quality of life in the Chehalem Valley.

The start of this effort stemmed from the work we did for the America’s Best Communities challenge:

Download the full version of the plan here (13.1 MB)

Download the plan without appendices here (4.9 MB)

With the arrival of our Community Development Director, Doug Rux, the plans above were folded into a comprehensive strategy that includes Industrial and Commercial property development, Business and workforce development, and Tourism and hospitality expansion.

You can view the progress here:

The committee works collaboratively with local government, regional business organizations, commercial real estate firms, educational institutions, human resource professionals and manufacturers to implement strategies aimed at retaining existing business and attracting new business.