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DRAC Happenings

January 2016

Michael Harrison from OHSU was welcomed as a new DRAC member representing Major Facilities Landowners. DRAC members voted for Maryhelen Kincaid to continue as DRAC Chair and Rob Humphrey as DRAC Vice Chair for 2016.  

DRAC MembersDRAC members spent time discussing BDS’s financial reserves, fees, and FY 2016-17 Requested Budget. Significant time was also spent reviewing and discussing a draft proposal from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability regarding deconstruction. 

February 2016

At the February DRAC meeting, members heard an update on the implementation of the Citywide Tree Code, along with multiple proposals to amend portions of the code dealing with large trees. BDS Director Paul Scarlett announced that the bureau is working on restoring Permit Night and making flexible schedules available to staff. 

DRAC members also heard a proposal from the Bureau of Transportation regarding a Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge. DRAC members Maxine Fitzpatrick and Kirk Olsen gave updates on affordable housing and commercial development. 

The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016. 

Interested in joining the DRAC?

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

For more information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts, please visit the DRAC website: The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 10:00 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 and fair application and implementation of regulations.