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

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

July 9, 2015. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.
 
The Design Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in the Central City Plan District and the Gateway Regional Center. The Commission also reviews appeals of smaller scale proposals and alterations to existing structures in design-overlay zones throughout the City. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, during normal business hours. Please note: due to the busy development period the City is experiencing, Commission hearings often extend into evening hours, as well as extra hearing dates needing to be scheduled. Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
 
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 representative of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, one person representing the public at-large, and five members experienced in either design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development. No more than two members may be appointed from any one of these areas of expertise.
 
Currently, two positions are available and fall within the “design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have both positions filled as soon as possible.
 
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.  

For more information about the Design 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.

Amendments to City of Portland’s Title 24.85 "Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings" Passed by City Council

On June 17, 2015, City Council passed amendments to Portland City Code 24.85, Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings. The amendments will be effective on July 17, 2015.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

On June 17, 2015, City Council passed amendments to Portland City Code 24.85, Seismic Design Requirements for Existing Buildings. The amendments will be effective on July 17, 2015.

In 2014, the primary external reference in Chapter 24.85, ASCE 31, was replaced by a new standard ASCE, 41-13. This amendment updates Chapter 24.85 to reflect the adoption of this new standard. The amendment adopts ASCE 41-13 in its entirety with one exception. The exception stipulates that the design base shear cannot be less than 75% of the base shear required for new buildings.

Based on studies, it was determined that when following the procedures in ASCE 41-13 for Basic Performance Objective for Existing Buildings using BSE-1 the base shears were about  50%-60% of that required for new buildings. This level of reduction in design base shear for existing buildings was determined to be un-conservative. This is inconsistent with current practice and the intent of Chapter 24.85. The amendments preserve the same maximum reduction allowed in base shear for existing buildings as was allowed prior to the adoption of the new ASCE 41-13. 

Other amendments include: 

    • Defining the term Occupant Load to ensure uniform calculation of this base number which triggers the requirement for seismic upgrades; 
    • Revising the requirements for seismic upgrade of existing lateral load carrying elements impacted by additions or alterations to be consistent with the requirements of OSSC;
    • Revising the definition of structural systems damaged by catastrophic events to be consistent with definition for structural systems damaged by an earthquake; and
    • Adding definitions to previously undefined terms for clarity and ease of use. 

Development of the amended code included outreach via publication on BDS website; notification to the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA); notification to the Structural Engineers Association of Oregon (SEAO); notification and meeting of the City of Portland’s Structural Engineering Advisory Board; and notification and meeting of the BDS DRAC (Development Review Advisory Committee).

See a copy of the adopted ordinance.

For questions, please contact Amit Kumar, Senior Structural Engineer, at 503-823-7561, amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov.

Feedback on Title 24 Residential Demolition and Major Residential Alteration and Addition Ordinance Requested

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

May 26, 2015

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

Changes to City of Portland Title 24, Building Regulations, were enacted effective April 20, 2015. These changes affected residential demolitions, and created the Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit category with neighbor notification requirements. A Service Level Update describing the Title 24 Code changes along with new informational web pages describing them can be found at the BDS website.

Part of the ordinance requires that BDS report back to Portland City Council by June 30, 2016 to determine whether any revisions to the Code are necessary. 

  • Do you have feedback on the Demolition and MRAA Ordinance? Submit them to the NEW Comments, Questions, Suggestions, and Concerns webpage set up to gather feedback from the community and construction industry.
  • Your feedback will be part of a report back to City Council on how improvements can be made to the Demolition and Major Residential Alteration and Addition Ordinance.  
  • Want to speak to BDS staff about the Demolition and MRAA Code Changes? You can also request a BDS staff person contact you regarding your comment. This portal is for making comments specific to these code changes only.   

To request a change to the City Codes that BDS administers and enforces NOT related to Residential Demolitions and MRAA, send us an email and choose “Code Change Recommendation” in the subject menu. To recommend changes to the Zoning Code, visit the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s website.  

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

Lunch & Learn: Residential Demolitions and Major Residential Alterations/Additions

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

April 30, 2015

BUREAU ANNOUNCEMENT

Please join the Bureau of Development Services for a Lunch and Learn presentation and discussion. This session will include:

  • BDS Lunch & LearnOverview of code changes to the residential demolition delay and notification requirements and the new Major Residential Alteration and Addition Permit (MRAA)
  • How to distinguish between Major Residential Alterations/Additions and Demolitions
  • What you need to know to file a successful appeal

Join Us! Bring your lunch and sit in on this free seminar.

Date & Time: Friday, May 8, 2015
                      12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Location: 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland
                 2nd floor conference room 2500A

Sponsored by the Bureau of Development Services.

If you have questions contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

View the flyer in PDF.

Demolition Task Force Recommendations Go-live April 20, 2015

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

April 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

On February 12, 2015, the Portland City Council adopted Demolition Task Force recommendations in response to community requests for increased notification to abutting residences prior to commencement of residential demolitions and large remodel projects. These changes to Portland City Code Title 24, Building Regulations, that are effective April 20, 2015, will expand notification and delay requirements for residential demolition permits and create a new Major Residential Alteration and Addition (MRAA) permit type with notification and delay requirements. In addition, applicants will be required to submit a Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint form for these types of projects prior to permit issuance.

Effective Monday, April 20, 2015: All Residential Demolition Permits will require:

  • Mandatory 35-day delay prior to permit issuance, with a possible 60-day extension through an appeal process. 
  • The City will mail a notice to all properties within 150 feet of the project site and to recognized organizations, Architectural Heritage Center and Restore Oregon at the beginning of the 35-day delay period.
  • Door hangers will be posted by property owner or representative on abutting homes at least 5 days prior to demolition.
  • New Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Form will be completed by the applicant and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance. 

Please see the Changes to Residential Demolition Notification, Delay, and Appeal Requirements Service Level Update for more information. Detailed information on the application and implementation of the residential demolition permit changes will be available on the BDS website at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Effective Monday, April 20, 2015: Permit applications falling into the New MRAA (Major Residential Alteration and Addition) Building Permit Category will require:

  • Notice to be emailed to recognized organizations whose boundaries include the site by the property owner 35 days prior to permit application issuance.
  • Door hangers to be posted by property owner or representative on abutting homes 35 days prior to permit application issuance.
  • New Neighborhood Notification form to be completed and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance.
  • New Certification Regarding Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint Form be completed and submitted to BDS prior to permit issuance. 

Please see the MRAA Permits: New Permit Category with Notification and Delay Requirements Service Level Update for detailed information on this new permit category and requirements.

“Council’s adoption of the Demolition Task Force’s recommendations was the outcome of an inclusive and thoughtful process that engaged stakeholders from the community and the construction industry,” stated Amanda Fritz, Commissioner in Charge of BDS. “I thank the community and industry volunteers, and the BDS and City staff, who were on the Task Force.” BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett added, “The new requirements provide increased notification to neighbors, while maintaining predictability in the permitting process for permit applicants and construction contractors.

Demolition Task Force Background. On July 31, 2014, the Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Development Services to convene a Demolition Task Force to address the concerns related to City Code provisions regulating demolition of one and two family homes. The Demolition Task Force was made up of members from the Bureau’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC), the Historic Landmarks Commission, the Design Commission and City staff. Members of various neighborhood association and other interested members of the public were also involved.

BDS Lunch and Learn: Demolition and MRAA Permit Notification and Delay Changes. Mark your calendars. On Friday, May 8, 2015, at 12:00 PM the Bureau will be hosting a one-hour information session on these new code changes and processes. The Lunch and Learn will be held on the second floor of the 1900 Building at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A (directly above the Development Services Center).  Further notification on this event will be provided.

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