The Oregon Department of Transportation reviewed the proposed draft of the SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project and expressed concerns about how the rezonings at the intersection of SE 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard could create additional traffic safety concerns. As noted in the ODOT memo dated June 13, 2012, the SE 122nd Avenue /Powell Boulevard intersection is already in the top 5 percent of crash frequency, crash rate and crash severity, as measured by ODOT over the past three years. Additional traffic generated by new commercially zoned property could exacerbate this problem.
In response to these concerns and in an effort to keep the remainder of the 122nd Avenue Rezone Project on schedule, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is presenting an amendment to their report. The amended proposal removes the properties shown on attached map 1 from the initial rezoning recommendation. These properties will retain their existing multifamily residential zoning designation. The recommended properties to be rezoned from the Holgate Boulevard intersection south remain in the staff proposal, which will be presented to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on June 26.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation completed their analysis of the proposed rezonings included in the SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project; specifically, the impact that these zone changes will have on future traffic levels on the surrounding transportation network. After removing properties identified by ODOT as potentially creating traffic hazards from the initial proposal, the Southeast 122nd Avenue Rezoning Project Transportation Analysis concludes that the amended proposal will have no significant impact on ODOT facilities or the local street system.