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Plans Examiner - September/October 2014 Issue

Plans Examiner - September/October 2014


  • City of Portland Implements New Accessory Short-Term Rental Regulations

    Effective August 29, 2014 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) implemented a new permitting process for short-term rentals of one and two bedrooms within single-family residential homes.

  • BDS Customer Survey Now Online

    BDS is excited to announce that for the first time ever we have launched an online survey to gather feedback from all our customers and stakeholders. This initiative is a crucial element of our strategy to continuously improve our customer service.

  • DRAC Happenings

    At its July meeting, DRAC members heard an update from Bureau of Planning & Sustainability staff on the current Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Project (RICAP 6), along with a preview of the upcoming RICAP 7.

  • 2014 Fall Budget Monitoring Process

    In addition to its annual budget development process, the City provides at least two opportunities during the budget cycle for bureaus to make adjustments to their adopted budgets.

  • BDS Bureau Assessment Update

    In the July/August issue of the Plans Examiner we mentioned that BDS had issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct an assessment of the bureau’s organizational structure, health, and culture.

  • Construction Sites and Erosion Control Measures

    As we head into the rainy season, ground-disturbing work on all properties located in the Balch Creek and Forest Park Subdistricts of the Northwest Hills Plan District must end. Exposed earth must be covered and stabilized by October 1st.

  • Save the Date – Fix-It Fairs are coming!

    The Fix-It Fair is a FREE City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources.

  • Flow-Through Stormwater Planter Boxes: Liner or NO Liner?

    Stormwater treatment facilities located within building code setbacks are required to be water-proof and cannot allow leakage of collected rain water along foundations, property lines, or if on slopes greater than 10%.

  • Portland’s Solar Activities Shine a Light for Other Jurisdictions

    Portland is one of four Oregon jurisdictions that are participating in Northwest Solar Communities (NWSC), a collaborative grant project funded by the US Department of Energy.

  • The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Seeks YOUR Input on the Comprehensive Plan

    Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is a long-range land use and public infrastructure investment plan (2015-2035).