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Customer Notification: Land Use Review Expiration Extensions End June 30, 2014

The Bureau of Development Services wants to remind its customers that the extension of time granted by City Council to obtain building permit(s) related to these Land Use Reviews expires June 30, 2014.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

June 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

June 16, 2014.  In an effort to provide customers additional time to start the permitting of a project approved through a Land Use Review process during the economic recession, the City Council provided an extension to the expiration of Land Use Review decisions.

The Bureau of Development Services wants to remind its customers that the extension of time granted by City Council to obtain building permit(s) related to these Land Use Reviews expires June 30, 2014.  Any Land Use Review decision that became effective between May 27, 2006 and December 31, 2008 or between May 16, 2009 and June 30, 2011 will expire if a City permit has not been issued for approved development, or the approved activity has not begun, by June 30, 2014, per Zoning Code Section 33.730.130.BFailure to obtain the required permit(s) may result in the applicant going through the Land Use Review process again.

If you have questions, please contact the Bureau of Development Services Zoning Hotline at (503) 823-7526.

If you’ve abandoned the project, or the permits have already been issued, please disregard this notice.

Build Small, Live Large: Portland’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Tour

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.

ADU Tour FlyerTour Date: Sunday, June 1st, 10am-6pm

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them

Featuring:

For more information, visit the Accessory Dwelling website: http://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour/


DEQ and its green building partners have produced this three-minute animated video to increase awareness of Accessory Dwelling Units.

 

Media Advisory: Neighborhood Concerns about Demolitions

Along with most types of construction activity in Portland, the demolition of single family homes, and the subsequent redevelopment of those properties, has increased with the economic recovery.

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

MEDIA ADVISORY

May 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

Along with most types of construction activity in Portland, the demolition of single family homes, and the subsequent redevelopment of those properties, has increased with the economic recovery. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is responsible for administration of the City’s regulations that apply to construction on private property and demolition of residential structures. 
 
In several neighborhoods, demolitions of residential structures have generated concerns when no notification is provided to abutting residences prior to commencement of work. In response to these concerns, and after evaluating the existing demolition delay and notification requirements in the City Code Title 24, BDS is now interpreting this Code provision to require delay and notification of the demolition if a single family residential structure is to be replaced with something other than one single family residence. This interpretation became effective on April 30, 2014. More information can be found in the BDS Service Level Update on this change.
 
“Listening to everyone and making necessary changes to address reasonable concerns has always been a priority for me,” stated the Commissioner in charge of the bureau, Amanda Fritz. “This is an example of the importance of carefully considering new information and acting to address inconsistencies.” BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett added, “BDS is also working with industry partners to put in place a new courtesy notification process when there currently isn’t a required notification. The new process will encourage contractors to reach out to neighbors to inform them of upcoming demolitions, so that neighbors can take precautions such as closing windows and moving vehicles to avoid dust.” 
 
The courtesy notification process under consideration by BDS and its Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) would apply to situations where a demolition permit is accompanied by an application for a single family residence and is therefore exempt from delay and notification requirements. If the new notification process is recommended by DRAC, BDS will provide contractors information to notify neighbors in these situations and encourage them to use it. The Bureau hopes to have this additional demolition notification process in place by summer 2014. 
 
The increase in construction activity throughout Portland has come with some increased impacts. The Bureau is making changes where reasonably possible, within the context of the existing City Code requirements, to address these impacts. Additional discussions on ways to protect neighborhood character while supporting infill development will likely happen in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s process to update the Comprehensive Plan.
 
Questions or comments? Please contact, Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer at ross.caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503.823.4268.

City Permit Center Expands Operation Hours to Mondays – All Services Available

City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services

MEDIA ADVISORY

April 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact:  Ross Caron, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4268

(Portland, OR) Starting Monday, April 28, 2014, the City’s Development Services Center (Permit Center) will be re-opened on Mondays and offering all permitting and land use services during regular business hours. The Permit Center has been closed on Mondays since 2010 when it became necessary to make reductions in services due to the economic recession and associated workload and staffing reductions.

Since 2011, Portland has experienced a gradual economic recovery that has led to increased permit and land use applications and associated permit revenue. The Bureau of Development Services has been carefully adding back staff over the last two years as revenue has allowed the bureau to address workload increases. Most recently, City Council approved an Ordinance to add an additional 18 fee-supported positions to BDS. Eight of the positions were targeted at supporting the expansion of the permit center operations. 

“Providing BDS the support to make these changes in services for our community has been wonderful”, stated BDS Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “Opening the permit center five days a week and providing a full range of services as the construction industry moves into the busy spring and summer months is a big help to our customers”, added Paul Scarlett, Director of the BDS, “they have been asking for this for years”. 

For a full description of the changes to the Development Services Center and Permitting Services hours and operations please see the Development Service Center and Permitting Services Customer Advisory: Hours of Operation Expanded to Mondays – All Services Available or visit the Development Services Center webpage.

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