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City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 13, 2019

City Council is Seeking Input on a Draft Resolution for Future Projects
on Title 11, Trees, regarding Trees in Development Situations

Earlier this year, BDS proposed an amendment to Title 11, Trees, to extend the sunset date of certain regulations passed in 2016 that strengthened tree preservation requirements (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. (Link to previous posts and updates)

As part of that process, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and the Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) made additional recommendations relating to tree preservation in development situations on private property

Those recommendations were:

  • Remove of an exemption from tree preservation in development situations on portions of sites zoned CX, EX, IG1 and IH until December 31, 2021
  • Reduce the tree size threshold for trees subject to required tree preservation or fee in lieu of preservation; and “inch-per-inch” mitigation fee in-lieu of preservation to from 36” to 20”, for the duration of any future Climate Emergency declared by City Council.

In response to those recommendations, and general community interest in Title 11, Trees, Mayor Wheeler has proposed a resolution for future Title 11 projects regarding trees in development situations. The Mayor is seeking input from the public on the draft Resolution. Read the draft resolution here.

Comments on the draft resolution should be submitted here. Comments and suggested edits are accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019. Comments and suggested edits will go directly to the Mayor's Office.

City Council

City Council will act on the proposed resolution:

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
3:45 p.m. Time Certain
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website. To learn more about Title 11, please click here.

Contact: Sam Diaz, Samuel.diaz@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-8041

 


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Updated: City Council is Considering Extension of the Sunset Date for Certain Regulations for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

On Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mayor Wheeler proposed an amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations adopted in 2016 to December 31, 2024.

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(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
December 10, 2019

UPDATED: City Council is Considering Extension of the Sunset Date for Certain
Regulations for Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

December 10, 2019 Update

On Thursday, December 5, 2019 Mayor Wheeler proposed an amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations adopted in 2016 to December 31, 2024.  

City Council will convene for a vote on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Time Certain. It is anticipated that oral testimony will be taken. Written testimony may be submitted to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov.


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(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
November 26, 2019

UPDATED: City Council Considering Extension of Sunset Date for
Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

November 26, 2019 Update

As previously noted, City Council will be deciding whether and for how long to extend the sunset date for regulations adopted in 2016 on December 5. 

However, the additional recommendations from the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission will no longer be heard by Council on December 5.

The Mayor's office, together with Commissioner Fish's office, are working together to identify next steps for additional changes to Title 11.


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(UPDATED) SERVICE UPDATE
November 15, 2019

UPDATED: City Council Considering Extension of Sunset Date for
Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

November 15, 2019 Update

On Wednesday, November 13, Commissioner Eudaly proposed an amendment to the recommendation to revise the sunset date of the regulations adopted in 2016 to December 31, 2050. The record is being held open for written testimony until December 5, 2019, and Council is scheduled to take action on this item on December 5, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Time Certain.

Testimony may be submitted to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov. At this time, City Council is not planning on accepting oral testimony on this item on December 5. However, City Council could choose to accept oral testimony on this item at that time.

The additional recommendations from the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission are also scheduled for Council action on December 5, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Time Certain.


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SERVICE UPDATE
October 28, 2019

City Council Considering Extension of Sunset Date for
Tree Preservation of Private Trees in Development Situations

Background

City Council adopted amendments to Title 11, Trees, in 2016 to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation (especially preservation of large sized trees) in development situations on private property. The amendments were adopted with a scheduled sunset date of December 31, 2019.

Council took this action in response to concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has recommended, in part, that the amended regulations should be extended 2 years until December 31, 2021. The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) has recommended, in part, that the amended regulations should be extended 2 years until December 31, 2021 or for the duration of any future Climate Emergency declared by City Council. The recommendations from PSC and UFC will be heard by City Council on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Note: Additional components of the PSC and UFC recommendations will be heard by City Council separately, on December 5, 2019.

The recommendations to be discussed on December 5, 2019 include:

  • Removal of an exemption from tree preservation in development situations on portions of sites zoned CX, EX, IG1 and IH until December 31, 2021.
  • Reduction of the tree size threshold for trees subject to required tree preservation or fee in lieu of preservation and “inch-per-inch” mitigation fee in-lieu of preservation to from 36” to 20”, for the duration of any future Climate Emergency declared by City Council.

We’ll post more information regarding that hearing when it becomes available.

City Council Hearing

City Council will hear the proposal to extend the date of 2016 amendments:

          Wednesday, November 13, 2019
          Council Chambers
          
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall
          
4:20 p.m. Time Certain
          
(Time Certain means the agenda item will not begin before the scheduled time)

For information on how to testify before City Council in person or in writing, see the Council Clerk’s website.

Summary of 2016 Amendments

The amendments adopted in 2016 and now recommended for extension until December 31, 2021 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 an end date of December 31, 2019.

The staff proposal can be found here.

Read the Planning and Sustainability Commission recommendations here.

Read the Urban Forestry Commission recommendation here.

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828  


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Development Services Center and Permitting Services will be CLOSED all day on Thursdays starting December 19 until March 2020

Why this change in our schedule? The Bureau of Development Services and our other agency partners are upgrading the software used to manage the review, permitting, and inspection processes of building and development projects.

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SERVICE UPDATE
December 5, 2019

Development Services Center (1st Floor) and Permitting Services (2nd Floor) will
be CLOSED all day on Thursdays starting December 19, 2019 until March 2020

1900 building lobby.

Why this change in our schedule? The Bureau of Development Services and our other agency partners are upgrading the software used to manage the review, permitting, and inspection processes of building and development projects. The current software - TRACS - is an out of date program that will be replaced by a new software – AMANDA – which will provide the City with a modern, web-based platform that can be easily updated. AMANDA will launch in February 2020.

Click here to view the Holiday Closure Schedule. 

The Development Services Center will be closed to the public on Thursdays from December 19 through the end of February 2020 in order to provide staff with sufficient time to test and train in the new system.

We appreciate your patience during this period of transition.

 


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. Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch
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New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020

Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages, prepare for possibility of service delays.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
December 2, 2019

New 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) Takes Effect January 1, 2020.
Applicants intending to vest in the 2014 OSSC must submit complete packages,
prepare for possibility of service delays.

The City of Portland has adopted the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019, which fully takes effect for all permitted projects on January 1, 2020. Through December 31, 2019, permit applicants may submit for permits using either the current (2014) OSSC or the new (2019) OSSC.

Customers submitting applications for a permit using the OSSC 2014 prior to the January 1, 2020 deadline must, at a minimum, complete the application intake process, including the completeness review and payment of intake fees, before close of business December 31, 2019 in order to be vested under 2014 OSSC. To allow enough time for complete review of your application before December 31, 2019, the City recommends that you submit your application prior to December 16, 2019 to be vested.

For information regarding minimum submittal requirements please click here.

The Development Services Center will be closed on December 24, 25 and 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020 for the holidays, so customers intending to submit applications or pay intake fees before January 1, 2020 should plan accordingly.

Applicants should also prepare for the possibility of delays in their plan review timelines based on the volume of permit applications received in December. Additionally, the City will be replacing the TRACS permitting system with a new software on February 3, 2020, which could lead to further temporary delays in plan review timelines and wait times in the Development Services Center through the end of February as staff adapt to the new system. The City asks for patience during this busy period.

If a land use review is required for your project, you must substantially complete the land use review prior to being allowed to submit a permit application.

Updated requirements in OSSC 2019 may impact the design of structures and cost of construction. The impact of the new requirements is entirely dependent on the type of structure, the use and occupancy, and the location. Changes to 2014 OSSC are extensive and should be discussed with the appropriate design professionals before submitting any project.

One notable change is that the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code will adopt the ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. Where the 2014 OSSC previously allowed 15% reduction in seismic forces for certain types of structures (when using Modal Response Spectrum Analysis per ASCE 7 12.9), the 2019 OSSC no longer permits the 15% reduction. This change will likely impact structures that require higher levels of structural lateral analysis (per ASCE 7 Table 12.6-1 for permitted analytical procedures), structures with structural irregularities (as defined by ASCE 7 Table 12.3-1 or Table 12.3-2) and/or structures greater than 160 feet tall.

Additionally, the design wind loading for structures has been reduced to considerable extent in certain areas and will likely result in less requirements, and lower costs, for structures whose lateral loads are governed by wind loads.

The State of Oregon Building Codes Structures Board plan to release code books in September 2019. Please contact the Building Codes Division for more information and updates on the availability of the new codes.

Applicants should consult with their design teams to ensure that your project is in line with updated requirements of the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code. Consult the International Code Council for more information about changing codes and standards.

2019 Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code (2019 OMSC) is being changed on a similar timeline. You can sign up for email updates from the State of Oregon to receive information about code adoption. For information on the status of the 2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Code Adoption, click here.

 


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Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension

RPN is being temporarily suspended due to the implementation of our new web-based plan review software that is placing additional demands on our staff.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

SERVICE UPDATE
November 27, 2019

Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension

After our last Residential Permit Night of 2019 on December 5, RPN is being temporarily suspended due to the implementation of our new web-based permitting software that is placing additional demands on our staff. We look forward to resuming Residential Permit Night on March 5, 2020.

Thank you for your patience!

Residential Permit Night Temporary Suspension. 


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. 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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