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BPS E-News: Rezoning SE 122nd Avenue Project heads to City Council

Community members along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor should see more amenities and desired retail in their neighborhood thanks to the SE 122nd Avenue Rezoning project. The project is the result of a nearly year-long process to address residents’ concerns about the lack of neighborhood-serving commercial development in the area.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, the Portland City Council will consider a rezoning proposal to enhance the commercial corridor, which includes changes to support more commercial activity in this historically underserved neighborhood. The public is invited to testify on The SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project – Recommended Draft at this public hearing.

This project implements portions of The SE 122nd Ave Study: a Pilot Project of the Comprehensive Plan, which was endorsed by the City Council in February 2011. The proposed recommendations will change the zoning applied to numerous properties along the SE 122nd Avenue corridor between Powell Boulevard and Foster Road from multi-dwelling residential designations to commercial designations.

Led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, this project will help create a more complete neighborhood as described in the Portland Plan’s Economic Prosperity and Affordability Strategy and Healthy Connected City Strategy.

It also incorporates zone changes requested by the Portland Parks Bureau. Four parcels of property under their ownership and included within the Leach Botanical Gardens will be rezoned from low-density residential to open space, thus bringing these properties’ zoning into conformance with current and anticipated future use. No new development is proposed.

Comprehensive Plan Map changes will also be made to eight lots with frontage on Powell Boulevard. This intersection has been identified by the Oregon Department of Transportation as a location with a significant number of traffic conflicts. This will require additional consideration when new development is proposed that might further affect traffic and pedestrian safety. Future zone change applications for these properties will be made through a quasi-judicial process, allowing the Portland Bureau of Transportation to outline required traffic safety improvements and allocate the cost of these improvements.

For more information on the SE 122nd Avenue Rezone Project, please contact John Cole, senior planner, at (503) 823-3475 or