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Report to City Council on First Year of Implementation of Citywide Tree Project

Title 11, Trees, the City’s new tree code, went into effect on January 1, 2015. The report will be presented on March 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Time Certain, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

On March 30, 2016, Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Development Services will be giving a joint Report to Council on the first year of implementation of the Citywide Tree Project. Title 11, Trees, the City’s new tree code, went into effect on January 1, 2015. The report will be presented at 2:00 p.m., Time Certain, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue. 

The Report consists of a memo that provides an overview of the first year of implementation activities and identifies challenges, next steps and resource needs. Three exhibits provide additional details, including:

  • Exhibit A: Outreach Plan Summary and Outreach Log – a summary of the outreach plan developed and listing of outreach events
  • Exhibit B: Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee Recommendations Report – the final report of this committee, which met from December 2014 – December 2015
  • Exhibit C: Citywide Tree Project Data Report, January 1 – December 31, 2015 – a compilation of data collected and analyzed on tree project outcomes 

At the Council meeting, staff will present an overview of the information in these materials, including key findings from the Data Report. Members of the Tree Code Oversight Advisory Committee will present their recommendations following the staff presentation. 

An additional handout was provided at the Council meeting: Tree Code and Administrative Rule Issues – Categories of Issues to Further Evaluate, which summarizes code issues that could be addressed as part of a future code amendment process.

Questions may be directed to Jenn Cairo at Portland Parks and Recreation, jenn.cairo@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-4405, or Stephanie Beckman at the Bureau of Development Services, Stephanie.beckman@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-6979  

Update on Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Tree Preservation in Development Situations

Update on Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Tree Preservation in Development Situations. City Council Hearing Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Time Certain.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

Upcoming City Council Hearing:
City Council will continue to hear testimony on proposed amendments to Title 11, Trees, regarding tree preservation in development situations on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Time Certain, Council Chambers at City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

Project Background:
Due to recent public concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods, amendments to Title 11, Trees, are proposed to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation, especially preservation of large sized trees, in development situations. The proposed amendments aim to:

  1. Revise the mitigation requirement (payment into the Tree Planting and Preservation Fund) for trees removed to be based on the size of the tree removed. Currently, the same mitigation is required for all trees removed regardless of size. 
  2. Add a notification requirement when trees of a certain size are removed. 

On March 3, 2016 City Council heard a proposal for amendments known as the Fritz/Saltzman proposal. On that date, that proposal was passed to second reading with the following amendments:

  1. Require inch-per-inch mitigation payment for removal of non-exempt trees beginning at 36” diameter trees and larger (instead of 50” and larger).
  2. Require a notification period of 45 days prior to permit issuance (instead of 30 days).

    At the March 16, 2016 City Council second reading, a third amendment was introduced. That amendment is described as follows:

  3. Exempt certain affordable housing projects, as defined by the Portland Housing Bureau, from mitigation payment for removal of non-exempt trees 36” or larger.

View proposed code language including the three amendments described above.

Testimony can be made in person at the hearing, or may be submitted in writing. Email written testimony to the Council Clerk at CCTestimony@portlandoregon.gov or send to 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130, Portland, Oregon 97204. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Questions may be directed to Emily Sandy at the Bureau of Development Services, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-7828. 

Land Use process changes to City Subsidy Affordable Housing Projects

On March 9, 2016 City Council approved Ordinance # 187616 to authorize design review and historic resource review of certain affordable housing projects in the Central City and the Gateway Plan Districts through a Type IIx procedure, rather than a Type III procedure.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

March 11, 2016

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

On March 9, 2016 City Council approved Ordinance # 187616 to authorize design review and historic resource review of certain affordable housing projects in the Central City and the Gateway Plan Districts through a Type IIx procedure, rather than a Type III procedure. The land use fees will be those of a Type II procedure. This Ordinance is voluntary, one in which the applicant of qualifying projects can choose a Type IIx or Type III procedure. This Ordinance will be effective immediately. 

Development that complies with the following requirements are allowed to take advantage of the provisions in the Ordinance: the development is a City Subsidy Project*, the land use application includes a letter from the Portland Housing Bureau certifying a City Subsidy Project, and before the land use application submittal the applicant must participate in at least one Design Advice Request.  

This authorization addresses the urgent need to create and preserve affordable rental housing as expeditiously as possible in the short-term. As a result, qualifying development proposals will take priority over other non-qualifying development proposals with regard to staff time, hearing dates, etc. This Ordinance will expire on October 6, 2017.    

* A City Subsidy Project is defined as:  

  • (a)​ As used in this ordinance, the term “City Subsidy Project” means a privately owned property with 20% or more units receiving a City Subsidy after the effective date of Title 30.01 through one or more programs designed to create or preserve rental housing affordable at or below sixty (60) percent of Median Family Income (MFI).

  • (b)​ As used in this ordinance, the term “City Subsidy” means locally controlled public funds administered by the Portland Development Commission, Portland Housing Bureau, or other City bureau or agency, allocated for the purpose of creating or preserving affordable rental housing to households below sixty (60) percent of MFI. City subsidies may be provided to developers through direct financial assistance such as low interest or deferred loans, grants, equity gap investments, credit enhancements or loan guarantees, or other mechanisms.

Contact Information
Bureau of Development Services Kara Fioravanti, 503-823-5892, Kara.Fioravanti@portlandoregon.gov and Portland Housing Bureau Bobbie Daniels, 503-823-3277, Bobbie.Daniels@portlandoregon.gov.

Bureau of Development Services Announces New Public Information and Enforcement Services Division

The Public Information and Enforcement Services Division is responsible for the Bureau’s outreach, engagement and communication efforts and responding to and correcting complaints related to violations of the State building code and the City’s zoning, housing and nuisance codes.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

(March 9, 2016) The City of Portland Bureau of Development Services has created a new Public Information and Enforcement Services Division. The Division highlights the Bureau’s focus on and commitment to providing information, increasing access, expanding outreach and engagement, and delivering the enforcement services it provides the community.

"The new Public Information and Enforcement Services Division signifies the important role that the Bureau's communication and enforcement program provides in ensuring a safe and livable City for renters, homeowners and businesses," stated Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “The Bureau of Development Services manages several codes and functions in promoting the safety and livability of people’s homes and property,” added the Bureau Director, Paul L. Scarlett, “the new Division will help advance the bureau’s goals of providing timely and accurate information, as well as, responding to and addressing community complaints.”

The Public Information and Enforcement Services Division is responsible for the Bureau’s outreach, engagement and communication efforts and responding to and correcting complaints related to violations of the State building code and the City’s zoning, housing and nuisance codes. Additionally, the Division coordinates the development and maintenance of the codes, policies and procedures administered and enforced by the Bureau, as well as the building code appeals process.

With the addition of the new Division, the Bureau now has five Divisions that oversee the work of over 300 staff that provide service to customers and the community at large. To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/BDS.

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Bureau of Development Services Offers Lien Amnesty Program for Past Code Violations

This limited-time program applies to all property owners who have had code enforcement liens placed against their properties by the Bureau of Development Services for building, property maintenance and zoning code violations. Eligible property owners will be notified of the program by mail during the first week of March.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 1, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

(Portland, OR) Portland property owners with liens on their properties due to code enforcement violations can receive relief through a new program initiated by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS).

Through April 14, 2016, the Lien Amnesty Program will enable property owners to voluntarily pay off outstanding BDS code enforcement liens on their properties at 50% off the total amount of the principal, interest, and penalty that has accrued on the lien.

“The Lien Amnesty Program benefits the public and the City of Portland,” said Paul Scarlett, Development Services Director. “The program helps owners erase financial burdens on their properties by offering significantly discounted payoff amounts on outstanding liens, and the City will collect a portion of the revenue it is owed to continue to operate our compliance programs that help maintain Portland’s safety and livability,” said Paul Scarlett.

As of December 30, 2015 the Bureau of Development Services had $8,433,972 in unpaid code enforcement liens on 1,324 cases where violations have been resolved.

This limited-time program applies to all property owners who have had code enforcement liens placed against their properties by the Bureau of Development Services for building, property maintenance and zoning code violations. Eligible property owners will be notified of the program by mail during the first week of March.

For more information on the Lien Amnesty Program visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/lap or email bdslienamnesty@portlandoregon.gov.

Fast Facts About BDS Code Enforcement Liens

  • A lien is a fee or fine attached to a property that is out of compliance with the City of Portland’s building, property maintenance and/or zoning codes.
  • Property owners receive multiple notifications, deadlines and waiver options before a lien is assessed.
  • If a property has a lien on it, it may be difficult to sell, refinance or borrow against it.
  • Liens do not expire; they are recorded on the City’s Lien Docket, and must be paid in full before they are satisfied and released by the City.
  • If a lien is not paid within 365 days of assessment it is placed on the City of Portland’s pre-foreclosure list.
  • The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services has $24,252,363 in outstanding liens.
  • In 2015, BDS investigated 8,018 compliance cases and assessed 1,290 code enforcement liens.