The Tigard City Council is going through the motions of adopting a new land use plan for the 827-acre area known as the Washington Square Regional Center. When adopted, it will replace an existing plan approved in 1999.

If you were not aware that there was a "regional plan" for the Washington Square neighborhood, there's a good reason: It was never implemented. The 1999 plan was based on the mythical concept of "transit-oriented development" and featured architectural renderings of 20-story towers at the mall, enhanced transit service, and bike/pedestrian bridges crossing Highway 217.