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The Bureau of Development Services has had many inquiries about the removal of a large cedar tree near the north property line of 6208 NE 22nd Avenue. The following permits and land use actions are in process for this site:
14-175854 PR: is a Lot Confirmation that is under review. The applicant proposes to confirm Lot 35, which is one of the originally platted lots in Block 9, Irvington Park subdivision. When the Lot Confirmation is completed, Lot 35 will be a separate building site that is eligible for new development.
14-186399 RS: is a building permit under review for a new single family residence that will be located on Lot 35 when the Lot Confirmation process has been completed. The cedar tree is proposed for removal to make room on this lot for the new home.
14-185369 RS, Rev 01: is a demolition permit that has been issued to remove the detached garage from the site. The cedar tree will also be removed as part of the work approved in this demolition permit.
There are no current City regulations that prevent the removal of the tree in this circumstance, and no tree cutting permit is required since the tree removal is shown on the approved demolition plan.
The tree is not a “Heritage Tree,” which is a program designed to protect trees that have been designated as significant through a process administered by the Urban Forestry Division of Portland Parks. More information about the Heritage Tree program can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/40280.
For more information, please contact Jill Grenda, Supervising Planner at 503-823-3580 or Jill.Grenda@portlandoregon.gov.
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City Council will hear the 2014 Portland Historic Landmarks Commission State of the City Preservation Report and the 2014 Portland Design Commission State of the City Design Report, Thursday, July 31, 2014. These yearly reports outline the Commission actions and accomplishments for the previous fiscal year.
You can see the full Council Agenda with links to the Bureau of Development Services Reports to Council in the Portland City Council Agenda for July 30-31, 2014, linked here. The two State of the City Reports are Items 805 and 806. Please note that “Time Certain” indicates that the reports will not be heard by Council prior to the time specified.
Amendments to the Portland Zoning Code will take effect on July 11, 2014.
Amendments to the Portland Zoning Code will take effect on July 11, 2014. The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package 6 (RICAP 6) includes more than 30 Zoning Code amendments and significant changes to four chapters.
Highlights of RICAP 6 include amendments addressing:
For a more expansive summary, see the RICAP 6 Code Amendment Summary.
More information about RICAP and a complete description of the amendments can be found on the Regulatory Improvement webpage.
July 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268
July 1, 2014. Effective immediately, the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services will be reducing the building permit fees for Prescriptive Residential Solar Permits from $554 to $263, a 52% reduction. In an effort to be responsive to the Solar Industry concerns about existing fees and the City’s goal of encouraging more sustainable energy sources, the Bureau worked with Solar Industry representatives in an assessment of the current fees and associated solar permitting and inspection process. This evaluation realized efficiencies in the permitting process, allowing the building permit fees associated with solar projects to be reduced. Separate electrical trade permits continue to be required and their associated fees remain the same.
“We are hopeful that the reduction in building permit fees for solar installations on residential structures will encourage more homeowners to adopt this sustainable energy source, helping the City to meet sustainability goals,” stated Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Bureau Director Paul L. Scarlett added “This is a great example of where we were able to work with industry partners to realize permit fee savings, while maintaining cost recovery on the important life safety and livability services the City provides through the building inspection process.”
Overall, the Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit fee retains cost recovery levels for the Bureau, while achieving a level of review and inspections that ensures compliance with applicable building, electrical and land use codes. Field inspections will verify installations adhere to approved plans, assuring safety and code compliance at the time of panel installation.
For more information, please contact Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 823-4268.
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June 25, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On July 1, 2014, the City of Portland Bureau of Development Services (BDS) will implement a new Courtesy Demolition Notification Process as part of an effort to encourage developers to provide neighborhood notification of pending demolitions of single-family homes when notification is not required by code. The Courtesy Demolition Notification Process was developed by BDS in conjunction with the City’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC), which is comprised of members from the construction industry and community organizations. BDS has also created a new Demolition Delay and Notification Information webpage that provides a central BDS location with information about the City’s residential demolition delay and notification requirements and the new Courtesy Demolition Notification Process.
The Courtesy Demolition Notification Process is voluntary, and applies when a demolition permit for a home in a residential neighborhood is exempt from the demolition delay and notification requirements of City Code Title 24, Building Regulations. In these situations, BDS will provide demolition permit applicants a packet of information, including demolition notification door hangers and recommended steps for using the door hangers, to notify neighbors. Applicants will also be encouraged to contact neighborhood coalitions of pending demolitions. The use of door hangers, while strongly encouraged, is not required by City Code.
The Commissioner-in-Charge, Amanda Fritz, stated, “The Courtesy Demolition Notification Process is an example of how the Bureau of Development Services continues to make changes within the context of existing codes to address community concerns.” BDS Director, Paul L. Scarlett, added that “The Bureau is always looking for ways to improve our communication and information sharing efforts. The new Courtesy Demolition Notification Process and the Demolition webpage are examples of where we are doing just that.”
The Demolition Delay and Notifications webpage contains information on the new Courtesy Demolition Notification Process, current required delay and notification rules and regulations, links to State and Federal government agencies that regulate air quality, asbestos and lead paint and other useful information relating to residential demolitions.
Link to Demolition Delay and Notification webpage: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/demonotice.
Questions or comments? Please contact, Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at email@example.com or 503.823.4268.