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City Council to consider 82nd Avenue upgrades for pedestrians and businesses

Improvements to 82nd Avenue, related zoning changes and transportation proposals available for public review and testimony

The 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development looks at the development potential of properties along 82nd Avenue and identifies barriers to new development and pedestrian safety. The study presents ideas that can be addressed in the near term with an eye toward long-term solutions.

Community members are invited to review the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development Recommended Draft Report and testify to City Council on May 23 at 2 p.m. or send their testimony in writing (see below for directions).

Background
On March 12, 2019, the Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously voted (9 – 0) to forward the 82nd Avenue Study proposals to City Council. The Recommended Draft incorporates feedback on the 82nd Avenue Study Draft Report (December 2018) from agency staff, community members and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. Thank you to everyone who provided content, feedback and edits.

How to testify
There are several ways you can testify:

In person at a public hearing
Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m.
Council Chambers at Portland City Hall
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR

Online via the Map App
Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.
Visit: https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/maps.html#mapTheme=82nd
Testifying on the Map App is as easy as sending an email – just follow the instructions!

Send a letter (must be received by May 23 at 2 p.m.)
Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.
Portland City Council c/o Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Attn: 82nd Avenue Study Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

For more information, contact Marty Stockton at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-2041 or Marty.Stockton@portlandoregon.gov.

Event RESCHEDULED for March 5th: 82nd Avenue Study Community Open House

The 82nd Avenue Study Community Open House is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 6-8:00 p.m. The event will be in the same location, Portland Community College – Southeast Campus, 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Community Hall Annex.

Please help us spread the word and invitation to others.

Portland Community College (PCC) has been very accommodating and swiftly helped us get our event rescheduled in advance of our PSC hearing on March 12. Thank you PCC!

We hope to see you Tuesday evening.

For more information, please visit the 82nd Ave Study website: www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/7212

Feb 27, 2019 UPDATE: The Community Open House this evening at PCC Southeast Campus is CANCELED

Portland Community College (PCC) announced this morning, due to continued snow and freezing temperatures, PCC's campuses and centers are closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 27).   All events and activities are canceled for the rest of the day and evening.

The 82nd Avenue Study Community Open House had been scheduled for Wednesday, February 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. PBOT and BPS staff are working on rescheduling this open house for another day. We will share more information when more is known. Our apologies for any inconveniences. Please travel safely.

Meanwhile, you are welcome to provide input and feedback about the draft PBOT 82nd Ave Plan by email to april.bertelsen@portlandoregon.gov.

If you would like to provide feedback about the BPS-led 82nd Ave Study and zoning change proposals or you would like any of your comment and feedback about 82nd Ave to be considered testimony to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) please submit your comments through the Map App and please make sure to include your mailing address to be included part of the public record.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

82nd Avenue Study

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500

Portland, OR 97201

For more information, visit the  project website.

Have you received a City of Portland notice in the mail?

Property owners and residents along parts of 82nd Ave can review proposed zoning changes and tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission what they think.

Notice of Zoning ChangeWelcome to the 82nd Avenue Study online “customer service” page. We’re glad you’re here.

  • Perhaps you received a notice in the mail that looks like this, and you’re not sure exactly what it means.
  • Or maybe you heard about proposed zoning and transportation changes along the 82nd Avenue corridor.
  • Or both.

You are not alone! Property owners with a proposed zoning change received the mailing pictured above from the City of Portland. This is required by state law whenever a change in the zoning could affect the value of a property – up or down. Your address was pulled from the County Assessor’s Office.

Another (different) notice was mailed to people that either have property facing 82nd Avenue, expressed interest in being notified of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability projects, are on one of our advisory groups, or are a member of a neighborhood or business association.

The purpose of these notices is to give you a chance to review proposed zoning changes in your neighborhood and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission about them. These changes are part of a project called the 82nd Avenue Study.

Renters matter, too

But you don’t have to be a property owner to weigh in on these proposals. The City of Portland also sent a courtesy postcard to residents of properties within 100 feet from proposed zoning changes.

First things first

These proposed changes are meant to improve transportation and pedestrian facilities along the corridor as well as remove barriers to new development (apartments, businesses and mixed use buildings).

You can look at a map that shows where the proposed changes would occur and imagine how they might affect the 82nd Avenue corridor. First thing to know is that these changes are proposals – not the law. We hope you’ll learn more about them and tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) what you think.

Any new rules must be adopted by City Council before they become effective. And before adoption, they are refined and changed based on public testimony, as well as PSC and City Council amendments.

Second, these proposals do not require you to sell your land or do anything to your property.

We’re here to help

We want to help you understand the proposal and how it may affect you and your property. You can:

Tell the Planning and Sustainability Commission what you think

Then share your feedback with the Planning and Sustainability Commission via:

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing
82nd Avenue Study
Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2500
Portland, OR 97201

For more information, visit the project website.

Improvements to 82nd Avenue, related zoning changes and transportation proposals available for public review and testimony

Community members invited to testify at public hearing on March 12 or send their comments in writing.

The 82nd Avenue Study project looks at the development potential of properties along 82nd Avenue and identifies barriers that can be addressed in the near term with an eye toward long-term solutions.

A report summarizing the effort, the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development Draft Report, has been available for public review since December 2018. The study explores the challenges of and opportunities for new development in this major north/south corridor, along with potential transportation improvements.

The report includes the following near-term actions:

  • The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is proposing a small number of map changes along the 82nd Ave corridor to remove barriers to redevelopment.
  • The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is proposing safety improvements and changes to property dedications during redevelopment to provide wider sidewalks along 82nd Ave.

To read more about these near-term actions, see the Planning and Sustainability Commission Materials (February 2019).

Testify to the PSC at public hearing

Now the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold a public hearing on the Draft Report and the near-term actions described above. This is your chance to tell the Commission what you like and think could be improved about the proposed zoning changes and transportation proposals.

How to Testify in person

On Tuesday, March 12, starting at 12:30 p.m., the PSC will hear testimony from community members about the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development Draft Report. The Commission is committed to effective public involvement and is looking forward to hearing from you.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to testify in person at the hearing:

  • What: Public hearing with the Planning and Sustainability Commission re: the 82nd Ave Study
  • When: March 12 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Where: 1900 SW 4th Avenue (SW 4th and Hall Street), 2nd floor
  • Need help or additional information? Project staff will be on hand starting at 11:30 a.m. to help people sign up to testify.

Can’t make the hearing?

You may also testify to the PSC in writing via:

  • The Map App – Click on the “testify” button and fill in the blanks. You can read your testimony and others in real time.
  • By U.S. Mail:

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
82nd Avenue Study Testimony
1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

Written testimony must be received by noon on March 12, 2019.