At the September DRAC meeting, members discussed BDS’s plan to request additional staff positions through the City’s Fall 2014 Budget Monitoring Process (BuMP). DRAC members expressed support for staff additions to improve bureau services and response times.
Staff assigned to the new Citywide Tree Code presented a draft fee schedule for the new code and discussed the code’s implementation on January 1, 2015. DRAC members provided substantial feedback on the proposed fees, including the fee amounts and how they are structured.
The DRAC Demolition Subcommittee reported on its August and September meetings, and noted that the subcommittee had expanded to include participants from the City’s Design Commission and Historic Landmarks Commission. DRAC members discussed at length the subcommittee’s recommendations regarding demolition delays and notice.
In October, DRAC members welcomed new member Kristin Wells, from Portland Public Schools. Kristin was selected to fill the vacant Major Facilities Landowners position on the DRAC.
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. The subcommittee intends to have a set of recommendations ready to take to the City Council in December 2014.
The next DRAC meeting will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Interested in joining the DRAC?
BDS is currently recruiting for positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
- Design Professionals
- Home Builders
- Home Remodelers
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fettersat (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the DRAC, please visit the DRAC website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/46405. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 2500B (2nd floor) of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave. DRAC meetings are open to the public.
DRAC Happenings highlights the activities of the City’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The DRAC is the City’s primary advisory body regarding development review. The DRAC’s members represent groups with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.
The purpose of the DRAC is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City's goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment. The DRAC advocates for and supports consistent, fair and equitable application and implementation of regulations.