FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2009
Contact: Anne Hill, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4807
Ross Turkus, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.1058
(Portland, OR) On January 8, 2009, Commissioner Randy Leonard and Bureau of Development Services Director, Paul Scarlett, honored four present and past members of the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) for 10 years of service to the City of Portland. Alan Beard, Thomasina Gabriele, Tom Skaar and Dennis Wilde were all recognized for their exemplary service.
The DRAC is a citizen advisory body comprised of 16 members that represent those with interests in development review processes, neighborhood livability and the environment. The DRAC was officially convened in 2001 and meets monthly to advise the Bureau of Development Services on it's programs, processes, budget and regulations.
"I can't say enough about the dedication and invaluable contribution these members have made to the City's development review process and customer service efforts," said Commissioner Randy Leonard. "These individuals have been instrumental in promoting collaboration and transparency between public and private development interests."
Alan Beard has served as a DRAC member since 2001. Beard was active in the development of the Major Projects Group program, which provides expanded permit facilitation for the City's largest and most complex development projects. Along with fellow DRAC member, Dennis Wilde, Beard has been part of projects such as the Belmont Dairy, Brewery Blocks, Armory Theater and South Waterfront.
Dennis Wilde was instrumental in advocating for and designing the Major Projects Group program. Wilde has been an advocate of the Office of Sustainable Development (OSD) since it's creation in 2000 and helped guide the initial Green Building Policy, which is currently being updated. Appointed to DRAC in 2003, Wilde served as Chair for the DRAC Green Building Subcommittee, and continues to share his passion for sustainable development by providing leadership in Portland and internationally.
Tom Skaar was the first active Regulatory Improvement Strategic Advisory Team (RISAT) member at the Bureau of Planning who reviewed the Zoning Code from a developer's point of view. Skaar was appointed to DRAC in 2003 and was key to the City Council passing the 2004 ordinance clarifying and strengthening the authority of the DRAC. Skaar has also served on the DRAC Budget, Impact Assessment, and System Development Charge Subcommittees.
Thomasina Gabriele was a founding member and former DRAC Chair. In 2006, Gabriele served as Chair for the DRAC Impact Assessment Subcommittee, guiding the examination of the Impact Assessment process and the development of a tool that can be used to encourage development that reflects the values and policies of the City. Gabriele was also a member of the RISAT with the Bureau of Planning.
The DRAC also introduced new members to the committee, including Jeff Fish of Fish Construction, representing Home Builders; Renee Loveland of Gerding Edlen Development, representing Large Business; and Keith Skille of GBD Architects, representing Design Professionals. These new members were appointed on January 14th by City Council to their first three-year term on the committee.
In addition, the following DRAC members were re-appointed to their positions by City Council on January 14, 2009: Bonny McKnight, Co-Chair for the Russell Neighborhood Association, representing Citywide Neighborhood Interests; Charles Grist of the Northwest Power Council, representing Environmental Conservation; Steven Heiteen, owner of Steve Heiteen Construction, representing Home Remodeleres; Don Geddes of Walsh Construction, representing Large Construction; Greg Theisen of the Port of Portland, representing Major Facilities Landowners; Simon Tomkinson, Owner, Litmus Design and Architecture, representing Neighborhood Businesses; and Michelle Rudd, of Stoel Rives, representing the Portland Planning Commission.
For more information about the Development Review Advisory Committee, please contact Anne Hill at 503-823-4807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.