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Plans Examiner - March/April 2016 Issue

The Plans Examiner 2016 - March/April Issue

  • Bureau of Development Services Building Permit Intake Options

    As anyone who has been to the Development Service Center (DSC) knows, customer counts have been up over the last several months. In addition to hiring additional staff to help with this growing workload, BDS would like to highlight two permit intake options that offer a shorter duration to your next DSC visit.

  • Spring 2016 Landlord Training Program

    The Landlord Training class helps income property owners and managers build a foundation of partnership with their tenants and with city agencies, to create safe communities and residences.

  • Affordable Housing Programs for New Developments in Portland Lunch and Learn was a big success!

    On February 19, 2016 the Bureau of Development Services hosted a Lunch and Learn with The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) on affordable housing programs for new developments in Portland. A record number of people turned out to hear about programs administered through PHB to encourage private developers to include affordable units and other public benefits in their projects.

  • DRAC Happenings

    BDS is currently recruiting for one position on the DRAC representing Small Businesses. If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or

  • BDS FY 2016-17 Budget

    On February 1, 2016 the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) submitted its Requested Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 and its updated 5-Year Financial Plan. These documents provide updates on BDS' financial status and highlight its strategic direction and financial goals.

  • Bureau Assessment Update

    In late November 2015, the BDS Organizational Assessment Report from the Coraggio Group, a Portland-based consulting firm, was provided to BDS. The report reflects several months of work by the consultants in assessing the bureau’s health, culture, and organizational structure.

  • Strategic Plan Update

    BDS completed work on a draft strategic plan in 2014, but implementation was delayed in order to allow other organizational improvement processes to be completed, including an employee survey, an organizational assessment, and a customer survey.

  • Mayor Hales reveals the launch of the Homelessness Toolkit

    On February 24, 2016 Mayor Hales announced the launch of the Homelessness Toolkit, a single resource for information on City homelessness initiatives, from safe sleeping guidelines to volunteer opportunities.

  • Oregon Convention Center Photovoltaic Project

    Did you know the City of Portland is home to one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the U.S.? The Oregon Convention Center (OCC) was issued an electrical renewable energy permit from the Bureau of Development Services for a 1.99836 Megawatt photovoltaic system in July 2015.

  • BPS Updates

    NW District Parking Update, Residential Infill Project, Central City 2035 and etc.