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Portland Releases New Data on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs) Vulnerable During an Earthquake

The City of Portland recently released a map and database showing the locations of around 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings – or URMs – vulnerable from shaking during an earthquake if not structurally retrofitted.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268
                Dan Douthit, PBEM Public Information Officer, (503) 793-1650  

Portland Releases New Data on Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs)
Vulnerable During an Earthquake

The City of Portland recently released a map and database showing the locations of around 1,800 unreinforced masonry buildings – or URMs – vulnerable from shaking during an earthquake if not structurally retrofitted (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/urms). URMs are buildings generally constructed before the 1960s using brick with little to no steel reinforcement in the walls. The new building data was collected as part of the Portland URM Seismic Retrofit Project, a collaborative effort sponsored by Commissioner Steve Novick between the Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Development Commission (PDC), and community members, to reduce the risk posed by URMs to the city. 

The URM map and database are now available online for building owners, business owners, and residents to find out where URMs are located, and learn basic information about the structures – http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/urms. Since the last time Portland collected URM data in the 1990s, only 13 percent of the approximately 1,800 URM buildings have been fully or partially upgraded with another 8 percent demolished. 

The URM Seismic Retrofit Project is currently working on a mandatory URM retrofit policy – along with incentives for building owners – for City Council to consider later this year. Other cities on the West Coast, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, already have similar policies in place. The public will be able to comment on the proposed policy later this year. Information on the project can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/urmproject

Questions about URMs? Please email BDS.URMBuildings@portlandoregon.gov or call the Bureau of Development Services Main Reception Desk at 503-823-7300. 

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Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) Customer Advisory Committee Seeks Additional Members

The ITAP Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately 12 members who represent a variety of interests.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 18, 2016

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

ITAP Overview
The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is a Bureau of Development Services sponsored information technology project to upgrade the City’s legacy development review and case management software system and move the City to an online and paperless development review and inspection process. The new software system will provide improved online access for the general public and efficiencies for applicants and City staff involved in plan review, inspections, and case management of development review projects. The Bureau of Development Services is working in partnership with the other City development review bureaus (Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Bureau of Transportation) involved in the development review process. For more information about the project please visit the ITAP webpage.

ITAP Customer Advisory Committee
The ITAP Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately 12 members who represent a variety of interests. Generally, membership will consist of individuals from each of the following professions or interests: architect, developer, engineer, permit/land use consultant, contractor, neighborhood representative, and trades. The role of the committee may include:

  • Assisting with identifying problems with current business processes to consider for fixing in the new permit system or that are unrelated to information technology and that we can work to fix in advance of implementation
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on proposed work flow and processes for the new permit system
  • Providing input on the citizen web portal and application submittal process
  • Feedback on prioritization of work to include in the project
  • Providing input on different options for changes to business practices

The committee is currently seeking two (2) additional members. In particular, the committee seeks representatives from:

  • Surveying Companies
  • Mid to Large-Sized Construction Companies
  • City residents interested in neighborhood safety and livability issues related to new construction and remodeling projects
  • Neighborhood Association Members
  • Plumbing Contractors
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Architects

Project Manager, Rebecca Sponsel emphasizes, “We really need to hear from you, our customers, about your needs with the automated services that ITAP will be providing.”

The Committee will meet at least quarterly and at times more frequently during project implementation (through 2018) at the 1900 Fourth Avenue Building. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 8, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in room 4A.

View a list of the current members

If you would like to be considered for membership on the ITAP Customer Advisory Committee, please fill out the application and send to:  

Bureau of Development Services
ITAP Team
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR  97201
 
Or email:
Lisa.Gill@portlandoregon.gov
Donah.Baribeau@portlandoregon.gov

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
 

Demolition Delay of Unranked HRI Properties Ordinance

On May 4, 2016, the City Council passed an emergency ordinance ensuring that “unranked” properties listed on the Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) are not exempt from the residential demolition delay provisions of City Code.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 9, 2016

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

On May 4, 2016, the City Council passed an Ordinance 187711 ensuring that “unranked” properties listed on the Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) are not exempt from the residential demolition delay provisions of City Code. 

Under the previous version of the Demolition Delay Ordinance, it was possible for a property on the HRI to be exempt from the demolition delay provisions of both the Demolition Delay Ordinance (Chapter 24.55) and the Historic Resource Protection Overlay Zone of the Zoning Code (Title 33, Chapter 33.445).  Demolition permit applications for properties with a residential Comprehensive Plan Map designation must now meet the requirements of Title 24 for the 35-day demo delay, but are still exempt from the 120-day demo delay required by Title 33. The ordinance does not add new requirements or have any direct impact on how properties are listed or de-listed on the HRI.

Ordinance 187711 was enacted as an emergency ordinance making it effective as of May 4, 2016. Questions about the ordinance may be directed to Nancy Thorington at (503) 823-7023 or Nancy.Thorington@portlandoregon.gov

Questions about how the regulations may apply to specific development projects may be directed to Bureau of Development Services Planning and Zoning staff at (503) 823-7526. Staff are also available in the Development Services Center during its regular business hours. More information on Portland’s Historic and Conservation Districts can be found at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/133983.

Spring 2016 Landlord Training Program

The Bureau of Development Services partners with the Portland Police Bureau and other City offices to provide current, effective information on property management to ensure safe, crime free rental properties.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 6, 2016

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

The City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services is offering its Spring 2016 Landlord Training Program. These classes work to build on a foundation of partnership between property owners, tenants, and city agencies to create safe communities and residences. This Spring training is being jointly funded and sponsored by Portland Police Bureau, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
 
The classes are offered free of charge. The course manual costs $20 and is recommended as a valuable resource. At the end of each session attendees are provided a certificate of attendance. 
 
The Bureau of Development Services partners with the Portland Police Bureau and other City offices to provide current, effective information on property management to ensure safe, crime free rental properties. Useful information from other City Bureaus, government agencies, and non-profit organizations with an interest in the rental industry will also be available at the trainings. 
 
Facilitated by Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc., over 18,500 landlords have attended the City of Portland’s program in the 26 years it has been offered. The City has received overwhelming positive responses from attendees. Landlords who have taken the course state they feel more confident in their ability to screen applicants, recognize signs of illegal activity, and take action or deal with problem tenant behaviors when they arise.
 
Over 550 cities and counties across the nation have adopted this program, and it has been nationally recognized through the Department of Justice for its unique benefits.
 
Topics covered in the 8-hour training session include: property management to prevent crime or loss of investment, best practices in applicant screening, signs of dishonest applicants, rental agreements, crisis resolution/eviction, and partnering with police/crime prevention specialists/housing inspectors.
 
Advanced registration for this free class is recommended and is available on our website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/landlordtraining. Day of class registration/sign-in starts at 8 a.m., class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and is approximately eight hours long. Dates and locations for the four Spring 2016 Sessions;
 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Providence Portland Medical Center, Cancer Center Amphitheater
4805 NE Glisan St., 97213
Website: http://oregon.providence.org/location-directory/p/providence-portland-medical-center/
Parking: On site, no cost
TriMet: Bus 19
 
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Multnomah University, Travis-Lovett Rooms 111-112
8435 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97220
Website: http://www.multnomah.edu/locations/portland/maps-directions/ 
Parking: On site, no cost
TriMet: Bus 19
 
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Multnomah University,  Library Classroom 101 (L101) Room changed to: Bradley Hall, Room 1
8435 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97220
Website: http://www.multnomah.edu/locations/portland/maps-directions/ 
Parking: On site, no cost
TriMet: Bus 19
 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Adventist Medical Center, Amphitheatre
10123 SE Market St., 97216
Parking: On site, no cost
TriMet: Bus 15; MAX Green Line
 
Interested parties can get more information or register via the BDS website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/landlordtraining, or by calling the Landlord Training message line 503-823-7955. BDS has also notified rental property owners, neighborhood associations, and related businesses via U.S. Mail or email.
 
We hope to see you there!.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
 

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Building Permit Plan Review & Pre-issuance Service Level Updates

To address the increased workload the Bureau of Development Services, and its development review agencies partners, are in the process of creating new positions and hiring employees.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 3, 2016

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

Year over year growth in the construction industry has outpaced the City’s ability to keep up with related workload and meet several of its turn-around timeline goals. To address the increased workload the Bureau of Development Services, and its development review agencies partners, are in the process of creating new positions and hiring employees. We appreciate your patience as we bring on new employees and apologize for inconveniences caused by the changes to turn-around timelines. 
 
Over the next 6-9 months, as we work on filling vacancies and training staff, applicants can expect the following changes to building permit plan review and pre-issuance timelines: 

  • Receiving plan review comments (first checksheet) from City review groups for new commercial building permits varies, but has been averaging no later than 35 working days. Our goal is 20 working days. 
  • Receiving plan review comments for new one & two family residential building permits, varies, but has been averaging no later than 25 working days. Our goal is 15 working days. 
  • Pre-issuance (the last mandatory review process) of building permits is currently taking an average of 9-10 working days. Our goal is 2 working days. 
  • Most residential remodels, additions and simple permits continue to be issued in one-day over the counter, although we have been experiencing extended wait times in the Development Services Center. 

Please take these timeline changes into consideration as you prepare your project’s permitting schedule.
 
Complete Applications Can Reduce Review Timelines
The submittal of complete and code compliant building permit applications can help reduce review timelines for individual projects. We strongly encourage applicants to review the minimum submittal requirements outlined in the Commercial New Construction and Additions – Applying for My Permit webpage and/or the Residential Permits webpage. In addition, a new Commercial Life Safety – Completeness Checklist is now available and will help applicants and staff ensure a complete and code compliant application is ready for review.
 
BDS recognizes and appreciates our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide. For more information Contact: Kareen Perkins, Permitting Services Manager, at Kareen.Perkins@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3622.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
 

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