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Residents of East Portland could see more businesses along SE 122nd Avenue in the coming years, thanks to a rezoning project to stimulate much-needed economic development in the area. Responding to community concerns about the lack of neighborhood-serving commercial development for residents along the corridor, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability spent nearly a year working with residents to update the zoning map through the SE 122nd Ave Rezoning Project.
On June 26, 2012, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) voted to recommend approval of a rezoning proposal that would add 22 acres of commercially zoned property to SE 122nd Avenue between Powell Boulevard and Foster Road. In some cases, the commercial zone will be applied to an existing commercial use; in others, to vacant or residentially developed land. Two acres of property owned by the Portland Parks Bureau as part of Leach Botanical Gardens were also recommended to be rezoned as open space, in recognition of its public ownership and continuing park use.
The PSC directed staff to work with the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation to resolve some outstanding safety concerns at the Powell Blvd intersection with SE 122nd, prior to a City Council hearing tentatively scheduled for early fall.
At the PSC meeting, staff also briefly reported on proposed changes to the City’s home occupation regulations and multi-family density and design issues that were discussed by the project advisory group during the course of the rezone study. Because the proposed changes have citywide impact, the PSC recommended that these topics be included in the Comprehensive Plan Update currently underway.