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Notice of New Portland Bureau of Transportation Administrative Rule TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions

PBOT is seeking to adopt a new administrative rule. TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions clarifies under what conditions curb extensions will be required in relation to corner reconstruction.

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SERVICE UPDATE
October 8, 2019

Notice of New Portland Bureau of Transportation Administrative Rule
TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking to adopt a new administrative rule. TRN 1.28 Curb Extensions for Buildings and Planning Actions clarifies under what conditions curb extensions will be required in relation to corner reconstruction. The ‘exemptions’ section of the rule also clarifies that PBOT will not require permittees to build concrete curb extensions on a subset of city streets identified for near-term capital improvements intended to provide protected bicycle lanes (or any curb tight bicycle facility) or enhanced transit priority lanes. The full text of this rule can be found here. Please see the Updates to Transportation Administrative Rules webpage for more information.

A 30-day comment period will be held for this administrative rule change. Comments on the administrative rule may be submitted to pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov and will be reviewed by PBOT staff.

A public hearing will be held on from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 in room 513 of the Sixth + Main building (1050 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204). Please see the above webpage for more information and any updates. This public hearing is by request only. PBOT will cancel the hearing if it receives no requests by October 31, 2019. A cancellation notice will be posted on the PBOT website and sent to this notification list should this occur. Requests may be sent to pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov.

Hard copies are available upon request

For questions, please contact us at pbotpolicycomments@portlandoregon.gov


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Neighborhood Contact Process

The purpose of the Neighborhood Contact requirement is to provide an informal sharing of information between the applicant of a development proposal and the people who live, work and pass by the site on a regular basis.

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October 3, 2019

Neighborhood Contact Process

Earlier this year, Portland City Council adopted changes to the Neighborhood Contact requirements found in the Portland Zoning Code. The purpose of the Neighborhood Contact requirement is to provide an informal sharing of information between the applicant of a development proposal and the people who live, work and pass by the site on a regular basis. This allows neighbors to give constructive feedback about the development proposal before the applicant has submitted for a building permit or land use review.
 
This Bureau of Development Services video helps explain the new Neighborhood Contact requirements:

The primary changes to the Neighborhood Contact requirements involve:

  • Projects requiring Neighborhood Contact – Neighborhood Contact requirements are now based on the size of the building or how many lots the site is divided into, and also include proposals involving both a land division and environmental review. 
  • Delivery method – Now applicants can use email or standard mail to notify neighborhood associations, district neighborhood coalitions, business associations and, in some cases, school districts of an upcoming building permit or land use review proposal that requires Neighborhood Contact.
  • Burden of responsibility – The current version places responsibility on the neighborhood association to host a meeting. The new version primarily places responsibility on the applicant, although the neighborhood association has the option to host some of the meetings.  
  • Notification – Applicants are now required to install a sign or signs on the site notifying neighbors of an upcoming development proposal before an application is submitted to the City. The Bureau of Development Services also has a new online tool for those who want to know about larger development proposals that require Neighborhood Contact. 

The Neighborhood Contact requirements go into effect on December 2, 2019; however, because these requirements must be completed before a building permit or land use review application is submitted, the new requirements may apply to development proposals now.

In order to further assist applicants and neighbors navigate the new requirements, the Bureau of Development has developed the following materials:

  • Neighborhood Resources Webpage – this webpage provides a variety of information that neighbors may find helpful when navigating Portland’s land use and zoning processes. The website contains information concerning the Neighborhood Contract requirements including the materials below.
  • Neighborhood Contact Overview – the overview provides details on when Neighborhood Contract is required, the documentation required to be submitted, and a description of the requirements.
  • Information for Applicants – this document provides step by step instructions to help applicants complete the Neighborhood Contact process and properly document that requirements were met. 
  • Certification Statement – this document provides a summary of the Neighborhood Contact submittal requirements and provides a form that applicants can sign to demonstrate other requirements were met.
  • Instructions for Neighborhood Contact Sign – this webpage provides step by step instructions for creating the sign(s) required for the site.
  • Development Sign Templates – this webpage contains links to three software programs with fillable templates to create the sign.
  • Administrative Rule for Neighborhood Contact Sign – this Administrative Rule codifies the requirements related to the Neighborhood Contact sign.

For questions or further information about the Neighborhood Contact program, please contact Matt Wickstrom at 503-823-6825 or matt.wickstrom@portlandoregon.gov


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2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Building Code (OSSC) to be adopted Effective October 1, 2019

The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.

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September 3, 2019

2019 Oregon Structural Specialty Building Code (OSSC) to
be Adopted Effective October 1, 2019

The City of Portland will be adopting the new Oregon statewide building code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) 2019 with an effective starting date of October 1, 2019.  

Between October 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019, there will be a phase-in period wherein permit applicants will have the option for submitting for permits using either the current (2014) OSSC or the new (2019) OSSC. Starting January 1, 2020 all permits must meet the requirements of OSSC 2019.

Customers submitting applications for a permit using the OSSC 2014 after October 1, 2019 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 by December 16, 2019 to be vested under 2014 OSSC. The Development Services Center will be closed on December 31, 2019, so customers intending to submit applications or pay intake fees before January 1, 2020 should plan accordingly.

For information regarding minimum submittal requirements please click here.

Projects utilizing Phased Permitting Process Management are required (at a minimum) to submit Foundation (FND) or Structural (STR) partial permits by December 31, 2019 to be vested under 2014 OSCC. An excavation and shoring (EXC) partial permit would not be sufficient to vest a building in the 2014 OSSC. Please click here for minimum submittal requirements for process managed partial permits.

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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New Code Guide for Additional Dwelling Units within Townhouses

Effective September 16, 2019: BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses.

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August 19, 2019

New Code Guide for Additional Dwelling Units within Townhouses
Effective September 16, 2019

BDS has approved a new code guide that will allow additional dwelling units, specifically Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), to be constructed within Townhouses if certain requirements are met, and will provide clear requirements for spaces used in common by multiple Townhouses. This code guide will be effective on Monday September 16, 2019.

The Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC) does not explicitly recognize ADUs. Instead, primary dwellings with attached or enclosed ADUs are treated as two-family dwellings under the building code, with specific modifications as expressed in BDS’s ADU Program Guide. However, the ORSC definition of townhouse specifies that a townhouse is a single dwelling. This code guide provides for an alternate definition and equivalent standards for two-family townhouses (i.e. a townhouse with an ADU). The code guide thus provides an avenue for a townhouse with an ADU to be designed to the ORSC instead of requiring full compliance with standards for apartment buildings in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC).

Highlights of the new code guide are:

  • The guide requires additional fire and life safety measures to provide equivalency for building two-family townhouses. For example, a 2-hour fire separation between the ADU and the Townhouse is not required; instead, a residential sprinkler system (NFPA 13D) is required.
  • A common trash room or bike storage room serving multiple Townhouses will be allowed provided the common space is separated from each of the Townhouses by 2-hour fire resistance rated construction.

The code guide can be viewed here.

Contact: Terry Whitehill, 503-823-7639.

  



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Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

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July 18, 2019

Zenith Energy to Receive Temporary Certificate of
Occupancy for Oil Terminal Upgrade

Houston-based Zenith Energy is receiving a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) from the City of Portland that will allow the company to begin using its newly-built racking system for unloading tank cars on its existing tank farm in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District. The City’s Bureau of Development Services is issuing the TCO because the new infrastructure complies with applicable code requirements. The project represents a significant safety upgrade to the site that includes a state-of-the-art fire suppression system, a spill containment facility in the offloading area and building sprinklers. The work does not expand the capacity of the existing storage tanks. The TCO allows the company to start using their new loading platforms while their old offloading system that does not have these safety features is taken offline and similarly upgraded. The TCO stipulates that Zenith must stop using their old offloading system.

The TCO is being issued to Zenith on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

“Decisions on permit applications are made according to the regulations that are in effect when the application is submitted,” notes Terry Whitehill, Building Official with the City of Portland. “Zenith originally filed their permit application with the City in 2014, two years prior to the City Council adopting amendments to the Portland Zoning Code related to fossil fuel terminals. The City cannot change the goalposts now and apply new, different requirements after the applicant has already submitted their permit application and been approved for construction. The project meets all applicable code requirements, so we have no authority to delay or deny the TCO.”

Bureau of Development Services Director Rebecca Esau fully acknowledges the predicament that Zenith Energy presents to the City given the City Council’s renewable energy goals and opposition to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry. “We completely share the Council’s and public’s concerns. Climate change is real, it’s happening rapidly, and action is needed now. That action needs to come in many forms, including new regulations related to fossil fuels and renewable energy. City Council adopted regulations in 2016 but those regulations were appealed. As a regulatory agency that administers and enforces existing land use and building permit requirements, the Bureau of Development Services only has authority to apply the regulations that were in effect when Zenith Energy applied for their permit in 2014. Zenith is complying with all applicable code requirements, so the bureau must proceed with issuing the TCO. It’s also important to note that their capacity at the site is not being expanded and these upgrades are making this facility safer for the public and the environment. As long as these facilities exist it’s important that they are as safe as possible. At the same time, the City continues to take important steps to address fossil fuels in Portland.”

The 2016 Fossil Fuel Terminal Zoning Code Amendments that were passed by City Council and then appealed will be brought back to Council in September. Expanded findings of fact will be presented to support the previously adopted code language that halts the expansion of new fossil fuel infrastructure in the City. For information about what was adopted in 2016, click here.

Zenith Energy’s newly-built racking system where the trains offload the crude oil includes a new foam fire protection system, fire alarm system and spill control/containment. Additional permit activity filed by Zenith with the City includes electrical, plumbing and mechanical work. Zenith has also applied for an Early Assistance appointment with the City about the feasibility of installing additional piping at their facility on NW Front Ave.

The Zenith Energy permit application is public record. For details, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Cousins, Communications Manager at 503-823-5929.

  



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