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Plans Examiner - November/December 2014 Issue

Plans Examiner - November/December 2014


  • BDS Makes Minor Change to Permit Center Hours

    Starting Thursday, November 6, 2014, the City’s Development Services Center (Permit Center) and 2nd Floor Permitting Services will begin closing two hours early at 12:00 PM on Thursdays.

  • 2014 Fall Landlord Training

    Landlords who have taken the course state they feel more confident in their ability to screen applicants, recognize signs of illegal activity, and take action or deal with problem tenant behaviors when they arise.

  • New City Tree Program and Regulations

    On January 2, 2015, the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and Urban Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Recreation (UF/PPR) will implement elements of the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project (“Tree Project”).

  • BDS Budget Update

    2014 Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BuMP) and Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 Budget

  • ITAP Update

    The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is the City’s technology initiative to move the City's development review process to a paperless system. The paperless process will allow online access to the City bureaus' permitting and case services.

  • DRAC Happenings

    DRAC members discussed BDS’s growth, both in workload and staffing. The DRAC Demolition Subcommittee reported consensus regarding recommendations on demolition delays and notice, and said they are continuing to work on defining and differentiating demolitions from major remodels/alterations.

  • City Council to Hold Public Hearing on New Short-Term Rental Regulation

    On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 2 p.m., Portlanders will be able to tell City Council what they think about a proposal to allow short-term rentals in apartments and condos.

  • 2014 Holiday Closure Schedule

    Recognizing our business and community partners’ reliance on the services and resources we provide, the Bureau of Development Services is providing advance notice of its Holiday closure schedule.

  • Stormwater Corner - Drywells

    Drywells are one of the most common methods of stormwater disposal. Classified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a stormwater underground injection control system, or “UIC”, a drywell can be a relatively cost-effective approach to stormwater management.

  • November Fix-It Fair

    Save the Date! November Fix-It Fair on Saturday November 22, 2014 at Parkrose High School. There will be exhibits that offer information and giveaways along with free workshops that provide hands-on learning and practical information for your home, health and safety.

  • City of Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan

    The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. The Comprehensive Plan Update will help to implement the Portland Plan, the City’s strategic plan for a prosperous, educated, healthy, equitable and resilient Portland.

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation Announces Dates for Moratorium on Construction Use of the Public Right-of-Way

    Portland’s Bureau of Transportation implements a moratorium on construction use of the public right-of-way to support the holiday season and the varied activities.