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Draft report for the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development ready for public review

The draft report for the 82nd Avenue Study: Understanding Barriers to Development and its related appendices are now available for public review. The study focuses on the challenges of and exploring opportunities for new development in the corridor alongside potential transportation improvements.

The 82nd Avenue Study 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.

Project goals

This study will:

  • Identify the most strategic locations for public action or investment support for businesses and property development on 82nd Avenue.
  • Generate policy recommendations to address physical and social needs in the corridor, and address barriers to development while managing equity and social issues.
  • Update our understanding of 82nd Avenue as a “Civic Corridor.”

A corridor is defined in Portland's new 2035 Comp Plan as: An area that may be a single major street or a broad mobility corridor, which provides connections for a range of transportation modes (transit, pedestrians, cyclists, freight, motor vehicles, etc.), not necessarily on the same street. A Civic Corridor is a prioritized subset of the city’s most prominent transit and transportation streets. They connect centers, provide regional connections, and include segments where commercial development and housing are focused. Civic Corridors are intended to continue their important transportation functions while providing livable environments for people, and evolving into distinctive places that are models of ecological design.

The 82nd Avenue Study is not intended to be a comprehensive planning effort for the corridor. Rather, it will complement the many other projects focusing on the corridor and build on collaborative efforts. Following this study, City Council could direct staff to generate a more robust “82nd Avenue Plan,” in partnership with community stakeholders.

What’s next?

The next steps for the public and project team include:

  1. Public review period for the Draft Report from January through March 2019.
  2. Planning and Sustainability Commission consideration. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 12, 2019.
  3. City Council for adoption. Public hearings and a vote to be scheduled in April/May 2019.

Review the draft and comment

Community members are invited to review the draft report and appendices.

Submit comments to staff about the draft report by March 12, 2019.

Feedback will be reviewed as staff finalize the 82nd Avenue Study, which will go before City Council in April or May 2019.