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Neighbors, local businesses and PSU students provide input on SE 122nd Avenue Corridor rezone project

For many years, East Portland residents have advocated for more local businesses along SE 122nd Avenue and better multi-family residential design in the area. So during the fall and winter of 2011, BPS staff met with a neighborhood-based advisory group, hosted neighborhood walks and reviewed existing economic and land use data about rezoning SE 122nd Avenue to better meet community and resident needs. The SE 122nd Avenue Corridor Rezone Project team also received ideas on how to improve the area from students of Portland State University Professor B.D. Wortham-Galvin’s Fall Architectural Studio class.

Together residents, students, staff and members of the business community are working to generate more small-scale commercial activity along the SE 122nd Ave corridor, provide more opportunities for “cottage commercial” uses, and improve the design and location of multi-family residential development within the study area.

The SE 122nd Avenue Corridor Rezone Project will implement portions of the community-led SE 122nd Avenue Pilot Study, an offshoot of the East Portland Action Plan.

Project Advisory Group helps guide the process

Staff have been guided in their efforts to update the zoning map and recommend changes to the zoning ordinance by a Project Advisory Group (PAG) made up of roughly a dozen members of the business and neighborhood communities invested in the SE 122nd Ave area. Three PAG meetings have been held in the Leander Court community room, where members gave their input to staff, raised concerns and suggested ideas for improving the neighborhood. In the upcoming months a draft list of property rezonings will be refined and recommendations for code language amendments will be presented that accomplish the objectives generated by the PAG.
The next Project Advisory Group meeting will be Jan. 26, 2012. An open house for the general public is scheduled for February 23rd, with representatives of the Portland Development Commission and the Bureau of Transportation helping to facilitate. Portlanders will have a chance to learn more about the project and give feedback on the code amendments at this time. After final input from the public and other stakeholders and refinement of the code language in early spring, a final package of rezoning and text amendment recommendations will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission for their consideration and to City Council for adoption in July.

For more information on this project or about the upcoming open house, please visit the project website. You may also contact Chris Scarzello at or 503-823-7716; or John Cole at or 503-823-3475.