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New Pilot Program: Zoning Inspections


The Bureau of Development Services is developing a new Zoning Inspections Program, beginning with a pilot program to start in December. The concept is that staff planners will inspect Zoning Code requirements in the field during the construction process. Staff planners will inspect only a sub-set of the building projects inspected each week. The other building projects not covered by this new program (i.e., not inspected by a planner), will continue to be inspected by the Building Inspectors and Site Development Inspectors, using the current system.

 Zoning and Landscaping

We are currently working on which types of projects and Zoning Code requirements are the highest priority for the staff planner to inspect. Examples could include: landscaping requirements, tree planting and tree preservation requirements, design details associated with a prior Design Review decision, bike parking, pedestrian connections, etc.

The intent is that the program will be developed and refined, ultimately becoming a permanent partner alongside our other inspections programs. The program does not impose any new regulations, but it will mean that zoning requirements will be getting some additional attention during the inspections phases of a building project, and it may require additional inspections for certain projects. The program will:

Provide timely and efficient service

  • As with other inspections, all zoning inspection requests will be provided in a timely manner.

  • When additional inspections are required, whenever possible, those inspections will be conducted at the same time that other current inspections occur.

Be responsive and collaborative

  • Emphasize early and ongoing communication with the builder and other inspectors during the entire construction process.
  • Apply existing bureau policies regarding inspection protocols and performance standards to ensure a high level of customer service.

Provide fair and predictable results

  • Bring planner knowledge of reviewed projects and familiarity with the Zoning Code to the inspections process.

  • Bring greater certainty to the inspections process for both builders and community members by ensuring that development complies with conditions of approval and Zoning Code requirements.

Please direct any questions regarding the program to Mike Hayakawa at or
call him at (503) 823-7751.


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