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Media Advisory: BDS Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the River Community Advisory Committee and the Floating Structures Board of Appeal

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

September 2, 2015.  The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) would like to request applications to fill positions on the River Community Advisory Committee (RCAC) and the Floating Structures Board of Appeal (FSBA). 

River Community Advisory Committee (RCAC)

The RCAC is a citizen advisory body comprised of 6 (six) members who represent a variety of floating structures interests. The committee assists BDS with the development of procedures and administrative guidelines for implementing Title 28 of the City code (Floating Structures).  

Members are appointed to 3-year (three-year) terms and shall include, but not be limited to, a floating home resident, a marina operator, a floating structures contractor, a design professional, a yacht club member, and an on the water business owner. RCAC meets 5 (five) times annually for one hour during normal business hours. 

Floating Structures Board of Appeal (FSBA)

The FSBA assists in determining the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction, provides reasonable interpretation of the provisions in Title 28 of the City code (Floating Structures), and hears and rules on appeals. Members are appointed to 3-year (three-year) terms. The FSBA meets rarely, as needed, to hear appeals. When appeals are filed, the FSBA meetings are scheduled in advance during normal business hours. Otherwise, the Board meets at least once annually to elect a chair. 

The board consists of  members and  alternates as follows:

  • Members or their respective alternates as follows:
    • An architect or engineer knowledgeable in the design of floating structures.
    • A contractor knowledgeable in the construction, maintenance and repair of floating structures.
    • A member at large who is from 1 (one) of the following interest groups:
          
      • a for-profit moorage representative,
      • a non-profit moorage representative,
      • a yacht club representative, or,
      • a floating home resident

Application Process

If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving on either the RCAC or the FSBA, please contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/38616.

For more information about the RCAC or the FSBA, you may contact Mitch Nickolds, Inspection Services Manager with the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-1054 or Mitch.Nickolds@PortlandOregon.Gov .

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Revised Permitting Original Art Murals Administrative Rule

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Revisions to Administrative Rule: Permitting Original Art Murals. Tuesday, September 29, 2015. 4:30-6:30 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 5a (5th floor). 

The Permitting Original Art Murals Administrative Rule is proposed for revision. The rule is being revised to

  1. clarify desired timing of the neighborhood contact requirement in relation to permit application;
  2. revise language to provide more flexibility for the type of proof of mailing of the neighborhood notification;
  3. revise some language to allow applicants to submit photographs of the finished mural to complete the inspection requirement; and
  4. clarify language regarding triggers for structural review without making substantive changes.

Copies will also be available for review at the hearing. Questions or comments may also be directed to Emily Sandy at the Bureau of Development Services, Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-7828. 

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Revised Administrative Fees for Land Use Processes Administrative Rule

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Notice of Public Hearing for Proposed Revisions to Administrative Rule: Administrative Fees for Land Use Processes. Tuesday, September 15, 2015. 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 5a (5th floor). 

The Administrative Fees for Land Use Processes Administrative Rule is proposed for revision. The rule is being revised to

  1. add language to further clarify that fee refund and waiver policies apply to BDS Land Use Services fees only;
  2. revise some language so it is clearer where the policies apply to all land use processes, and where they apply to only discretionary land use reviews; and
  3. add specific language for policies related to Early Assistance Appointments and Public Registry applications, which were previously not included. The language added for these land use processes is consistent with existing practices. 

Copies will also be available for review at the hearing. Questions or comments may also be directed to Emily Sandy at the Bureau of Development Services, Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-7828. 

Media Advisory: The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

August 13, 2015. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in Historic and Conservation Districts. They also review appeals of smaller scale proposals to existing Landmarks and alterations to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts. The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, during normal business hours.

Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large.

There will be a total of three upcoming positions prior to January 2016 that must be filled by individuals representing the categories of: “Historian,” Architect,” and “landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines.” 

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. Applications are currently being accepted for these positions, the first coming available on October 1, 2015.  

For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission you may contact Tim Heron with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or Tim.Heron@portlandoregon.gov.
 
Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/38616.