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BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for people interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER ADVISORY 
January 16, 2020

Contact: Douglas Hardy, Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7816

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for
Volunteers to Serve on the Adjustment Committee

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for people interested in filling two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

Most development standards in the Portland Zoning Code, such as building height, building setbacks, landscape requirements, etc., may be adjusted through a discretionary Adjustment Review process if approval criteria found in Zoning Code Section 33.805.040 are met.  Adjustment Reviews are administrative reviews with the decision made by a Bureau of Development Services land use planner. The decision of the planner can be appealed. If appealed, a hearing is scheduled before the Adjustment Committee. The Adjustment Committee’s sole role is to consider these appeals in a public hearing setting and make a final decision to uphold the planner’s administrative decision, uphold the planner’s administrative decision with modifications, or overturn the planner’s administrative decision.

The Adjustment Committee consists of seven volunteer members, none of whom may hold public elective office. Members serve a four-year term, and are limited to a maximum of two terms. The committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in either urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in either engineering, financing construction, management of buildings, or land development. The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Hearings take place at 2:30 pm on the on the first and third Tuesday of each month, but are held only if an appeal has been submitted.  All hearings are held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue.

Currently, two positions are available within the following categories:

  • Public-At-Large; and
  • Urban Design, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture

We are looking to have the positions filled as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on an open and continuous basis.

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Community and Civic Life (OCCL) with a cover letter or a resume describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience.  Anyone interested should contact the Office of Community and Civic Life at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the Civic Life website.

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, contact Douglas Hardy with the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or douglas.hardy@portlandoregon.gov.

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Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019

This fall, Portland City Council appointed 27 Portlanders with diverse backgrounds and interests to a new work group on unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. On December 17, the URM Building Work Group will hold its first meeting, kicking off a new City initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
December 11, 2019

Contact: Alex Cousins, Alex.Cousins@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-5929

Portland's Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building
Work Group to Hold First Meeting Dec. 17, 2019

This fall, Portland City Council appointed 27 Portlanders with diverse backgrounds and interests to a new work group on unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. On December 17, the URM Building Work Group will hold its first meeting, kicking off a new City initiative to address the risks associated with URM buildings. The meetings are open to the public:

  • WHAT: URM Building Work Group
  • WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Development Services, Rooms 2500 B & C, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97201

The group is expected to spend a year focused on recommendations to promote seismic retrofits for URMs. URMs are the most dangerous buildings in an earthquake. There are believed to be at least 1,600 URM buildings in Portland. 

In contrast to past efforts, the new work group will focus on programs to support voluntary seismic retrofits, rather than on standards for mandatory retrofits. The work group will consider the needs of non-profits, as well as how to support for-profit businesses. 

For more information on this effort, please call 503-823-4375, email urms@portlandoregon.gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/urms

Media inquiries please contact:

Dan Douthit, Public Information Officer
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
dan.douthit@portlandoregon.gov; 503-793-1650

Alex Cousins, Communications Manager
Portland Bureau of Development Services
alex.cousins@portlandoregon.gov; 503-823-5929

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
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DRAC Meeting has been moved from Dec. 19 to Dec. 12, 2019

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION 
December 11, 2019

Contact: Mark Fetters, Mark.Fetters@portlandoregon.gov

December Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) Meeting has been moved from Dec. 19 to Dec. 12, 2019

The DRAC meeting originally scheduled on December 19 has been moved to:

Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:30 a.m.
Room 4A (4th floor)

1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97201

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, contact Mark Fetters with the Bureau of Development Services at mark.fetters@portlandoregon.gov.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

BDS is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 28, 2019
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for
Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

The Bureau of Development Services is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207. The proposed amendments:

  • clarify that the fine amount for the first violation may be set by the BDS fee schedule adopted annually by City Council, consistent with the fines for second and third offenses; and
  • clarify that the administrative rule applies to both Type A and Type B ASTRs.

The proposed amended rule may be found here.

No public hearing will be held unless one is requested.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Submit written comments or a request for hearing to Emily Sandy at emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov.

 


 

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare | 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations.

A new proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 23, 2019
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees,
Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations

Proposal

In 2016, in response to concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods, City Council adopted amendments to Title 11, Trees, to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation, especially preservation of large sized trees, in development situations on private property, with a sunset date of December 31, 2019. The Bureau of Development Services is proposing to extend the sunset date of those amendments an additional 2 years until December 31, 2021. The proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Hearing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hear the proposal:
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor).
5:00 p.m.

Check the PSC website for the confirmed agenda and hearing start time approximately 1 week prior to meeting.

Testimony on the proposal can be made to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in person at the hearing (limited to 2 minutes per person) or submitted in writing. To submit written testimony, mail comments to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201; or email comments to PSC@PortlandOregon.gov. All written and email testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and mailing address.

Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) Hearing

The Urban Forestry Commission will hear the proposal:
Thursday, October 17, 2019.
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall, Lovejoy Room (2nd floor)
9:30 a.m.

Check the UFC website for confirmed agenda approximately 1 week prior to meeting.

Testimony on the proposal can be made to the Urban Forestry Commission in person at the hearing or submitted in writing. To submit written testimony, mail comments to the Urban Forestry Commission, Portland Parks and Recreation, at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 5000, Portland, Oregon 97201; or email comments to urbanforestrycommission@PortlandOregon.gov. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Summary of 2016 Amendments Proposed to be Extended to December 31, 2019.

The amendments adopted in 2016 and now proposed to sunset on December 31, 2019 are summarized as follows:

  1. Continued to require that at least 1/3 of non-exempt trees be preserved or pay a fee in-lieu of preservation, regardless of tree size. Added requirement that all non-exempt trees 36 inches or larger in diameter be preserved or pay a fee in-lieu of preservation.
  2. Amended the fee in-lieu of preservation as follows:
    a. For removal of non-exempt trees with a diameter of 12 inches or larger, but less than 36 inches, a graduated scale is used to determine the payment amount. Based on the current fee schedule, the fees are $1,800-$3,600 per tree removed.
    b. For removal of non-exempt trees with a diameter of 36 inches or larger, an “inch-per-inch mitigation” payment is required. Based on the current fee schedule, fees start at $16,220 for removal of a 36-inch diameter tree and increase at $450 per additional diameter inch of tree removed.
  3. Required applicants to post a notice on-site and send a notice to the neighborhood association and district coalition 45 days prior to development permit issuance for removal of non-exempt trees 36 inches in diameter or larger.
  4. Exempted certain affordable housing projects, as defined by the Portland Housing Bureau, from the fee in-lieu of preservation for removal of non-exempt trees 36” in diameter or larger.
  5. Included a sunset date of December 31, 2019.

Again, the Bureau of Development Services is proposing to extend the sunset date of those amendments an additional 2 years until December 31, 2021. The staff proposal can be found here.

 


 

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare | 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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