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SE 122nd Avenue corridor zoning review meets the needs of community

In 2010, community members and residents along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor indicated that they wanted access to more businesses and amenities, as well as more user-friendly, attractive and safe design elements in multi-family dwellings. During the SE 122nd Avenue Pilot Study, where much of this feedback was gathered, BPS staff made special efforts to engage youth and other under-represented groups in the community.

Now with the new SE 122nd Avenue Rezoning Project, the bureau will prioritize and implement land use recommendations for the area based on the following questions raised during the pilot study:

  • How can 122nd Avenue evolve over time to create a better sense of community and identity?

  • How can the design of new housing in the 122nd Avenue corridor be improved to make it more compatible and attractive and still accommodate growth?

  • Is there a way for 122nd Avenue to support a wider array of local retail and services to create a convenient walkable neighborhood as envisioned by the Portland Plan?

  • What types of changes would create a more healthy and sustainable neighborhood?

Initial emphasis will be given to zone changes that increase the opportunities for neighborhood-scale commercial uses along the southern portion of the 122nd Avenue corridor. Additional consideration will be given to the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map, and Development Code revisions that support the SE 122nd Avenue Study recommendations for improving multi-dwelling design and compatibility within the study area.

The public will provide input on initial project priorities and advise staff on final recommendations, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council for adoption as appropriate.

For more information about the 122nd Avenue Rezoning Project, please visit