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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2013
Contact: Kareen Perkins, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.3622
Effective May 14th, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will increase the business hours for customers to submit applications for New Single Family Residences, ADUs and other select One and Two Family permit application types. BDS will expand the hours to submit applications from 4 hours a week to 24 hours a week. The new hours for these permit types will be Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Screening requirements to ensure applications are complete will remain unchanged and the new timeframes for submittal will be strictly applied.
BDS Director, Paul L. Scarlett said, “I’m excited to allow for additional hours for New Single Family Residential Application submittals. The additional time will make it more convenient for our customers and reflect that construction and development in Portland is on the rise.”
Before you visit us downtown or to learn more about this increase in service please review the complete details of this change in our New Single Family Dwelling Application Submittal Hours Service Level Update and NSFR Application Packet online.
Customers can also drop off NSFR application at Permitting Services, located on the 2nd Floor of the 1900 SWFourthBuilding. Hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.
To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services please visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2013
Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
(Portland, OR) Today, the City ofPortland announced that the findings of the Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot (PEEHP) have been published in four project case studies, available on the Bureau of Development Service’s web site. The case studies summarize real cost and feasibility data for constructing energy efficient single and multi-family houses.
The PEEHP, a public/private partnership administrated by the City ofPortland, was a competitive grant program established to support energy efficient home construction. The PEEHP leveraged $113,000 in grant funds to facilitate residential builders to use energy saving measures in 14 new homes.
"The Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot has shown that significant home energy savings can be achieved with construction methods that are not cost prohibitive." said BDS Director Paul Scarlett. "The PEEHP program is a great example of public and private organizations pooling resources to answer the concerns of the customers we share."
The PEEHP is a model of collaboration among City, industry, and utility partners to respond to concerns about proposed green building policy in the City ofPortland. The program was sponsored by the City ofPortland’s Bureau of Development Services, Energy Trust of Oregon, Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, the National Association of Home Builders, as well as utility companies, including NW Natural, Pacific Power, and Portland General Electric.
“The PEEHP program was a great partnership that showed how a City and industry can work together to better understand and encourage desired outcomes, rather than creating mandates that the market might not be able to support.” –Dave Nielsen, CEO, Home Builders Assoc. of MetropolitanPortland
The PEEHP case studies provide a reference to help inform future residential construction projects including records of costs associated with constructing energy efficient homes and those instances of added complexity related to implementing energy efficiency measures.
For more information about the PEEHP program visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/PEEHP.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2013
Contact: Tim Heron, Bureau of Development Services, 503.823.7726
On March 6, 2013 Portland’s City Council unanimously voted to adopt Portland Zoning Code amendments that will improve the City’s historic land use review process and create a quicker, easier-to-understand and more predictable review process for minor home improvement projects in historic and conservation districts. These Zoning Code amendments go into effect on May 1, 2013.
In Portland’s nationally recognized historic districts most exterior work on buildings, as well as new construction, is subject to a historic land use review process. Both property owners and historic preservation advocates have expressed concerns that the land use review process for minor exterior changes to homes are time-consuming and costly. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability developed new Zoning Code language to address these issues in collaboration with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), which will administer and enforce the new regulations.
Paul Scarlett, BDS Director, stated, “This was a great interactive process between the community and the city that resulted in a more streamlined Zoning Code that is a faster and more affordable land use process. It will allow for BDS to implement the code in a more efficient and effective manner”.
Community members and representatives of the Historic Landmarks (HLC) and Planning and Sustainability (PSC) Commissions also expressed support for the amendment package.
The new handout, Historic Resource Review Information for the Homeowners gives a summary of the new Zoning Code changes. See additional handouts for Historic Resources.
The following major amendments were approved to the Portland Zoning Code and will go into effect May 1, 2013:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2012
Contact: Bureau of Development Services On-Line Permit and Fee Estimator Questions | 503.823.7420
November 1, 2012. On October 1st the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) was proud to announce a new Online Fee Estimator tool. This tool is in response to requests from customers and employees over the past several years to create a system to estimate permit fees and system development charges (SDC) associated with development projects. The Online Fee Estimator was developed in conjunction with the infrastructure bureaus to assist all customers in this regard.
This new resource allows our customers the ability to generate and review potential fees and charges related to their development in a timely and predictable manner. It is aimed at saving customers time and providing immediate access to this level of information that was not previously available in this way.
To explore this exciting new feature choose "Online Fee Estimator" from the BDS Homepage, www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.
The Portland Zoning Code contains regulations that specify when land use approvals and related actions expire. Because of the condition of the economy, many who have received land use approvals or other land use actions have found it difficult to proceed within the timelines set out in the Zoning Code.
In 2009, City Council extended the expiration dates with the expectation that the economy would recover by this year. Because Oregon's economy is still down, this project proposes to extend the expiration dates to mid-2014. For more information, visit www.portlandonline.com/bps/lurextension.