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Planning Department

21st Avenue South Community Planning Study

At the District Councilmember’s request, the Planning Department is studying and working on possible changes to and refinements of land use policy and a potential Urban Design Overlay along 21st Avenue South from Hillsboro Village to I-440.

Land use policy guides the Planning Commission’s actions on zone changes and subdivision requests. Our goal is to ensure that policies affecting the 21st Avenue South area accurately reflect how the members of that community want growth and preservation to happen in the future, with any significant changes guided by community input and discussion.

An Urban Design Overlay, or UDO, is a zoning tool that requires specific design standards for development in a designated area. A UDO is used to either protect the pre-existing character of the area or to create a character that would not be ensured by the development standards in the base zoning district. UDOs overlay the current base zoning and allow for development standards above and beyond those in the base zoning.

Councilmember Allen hosted a meeting to kick off the process on October 17.

Kick-Off Presentation

The project manager is Jessica Buechler. For questions, additional information or to share ideas, please email: