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BDS Lunch & Learn: Trees in Development Situations – Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

BDS Lunch & Learn

Join the Bureau of Development Services Staff for a FREE Presentation and Discussion on

Trees in Development Situations

Friday, August 26, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm
Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

Tree in Development Situations

Urban Forestry and BDS will jointly present a training module on trees in development situations. This training is appropriate for developers, landscape architects, project arborists, planners, surveyors and internal staff.

Discussion Topics:

  • Title 11 & Title 33, Trees in Development
  • On-site tree protection
  • Tree-conscious site designs
  • Mitigation requirements
  • Street tree reviews
  • Arborist reports and when they are required
  • The Urban Forestry Management Plan
  • Canopy goals
  • Service value of trees

Urban Forestry and BDS staff will be available to answer questions.

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 24 de agosto.

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BDS Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Design Commission

Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 28, 2016

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Design Commission

July 28, 2016. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested members of the public to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission.
 
The Design Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in the Central City Plan District and the Gateway Regional Center. The Commission also reviews appeals of smaller scale proposals and alterations to existing structures in design-overlay zones throughout the City. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, during normal business hours. Please note: due to the busy development period the City is experiencing, Commission hearings often extend into evening hours, as well as extra hearing dates needing to be scheduled. Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
 
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a representative of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, one person representing the public at-large, and five members experienced in either design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development. No more than two members may be appointed from any one of these areas of expertise.
 
Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. We are requesting that applications be submitted by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
 
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. 
 
For more information about the Design Commission you may contact Tim Heron with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or Tim.Heron@portlandoregon.gov.
 
Interested members of the public should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandoregon.gov/oni.

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2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

The tax will be calculated as 1% of the permit valuation on residential and commercial building projects with improvements valued at $100,000 or more. Tax revenue will support affordable housing programs.

BDS Service Level Update

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 26, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268 

2nd Notice: Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Effective August 1, 2016

A new Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax (CET), proposed by the Portland Housing Bureau, will go into effect on August 1, 2016. All construction permits received on or after August 1, 2016, on properties located within the City of Portland with an improvement value of $100,000 or more, will be subject to this CET. The tax will be calculated as 1% of the building permit valuation and the tax revenue will support affordable housing programs.

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) determines when building permit applications are complete for purposes of assessing the tax. Building permit applications deemed complete by BDS on, or before, July 29, 2016, will not be subject to the Affordable Housing CET. A Building Permit application is deemed complete once all code specific screening is completed and when BDS receives the associated plan review fees. Minimum submittal requirements information is outline belowPlease plan ahead to bring all documents with you for submitting a complete permit application.

A small percentage of construction permits for Facility Permit Program commercial alterations and mobile home park permits will not go into effect until October 31, 2016. These permit types account for approximately 2% of all projects subject to the Affordable Housing CET. This phased approach is necessary to allow for CET fee calculation software programming to be completed.

FAQs
For additional information about the Affordable Housing CET, including exemptions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
 
For questions about what the tax pays for: Martha Calhoon, Portland Housing Bureau, Martha.calhoon@portlandoregon.gov, or 503-823-3239.

For questions about how the tax is calculated, or about exemptions: Elshad Hajiyev, Bureau of Development Services, Elshad.Hajiyev@portlandoregon.gov, or 503-823-7323.  

Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Exemptions

The tax applies to construction permits on properties located within the City of Portland when the improvement value is $100,000 or more. Exemptions are provided for the following:

  • Improvements valued at less than $100,000
  • Accessory dwelling units (through July 30, 2018)
  • Affordable housing for people at or below 80% median family incomes (MFI)
  • Private school improvements
  • Public improvements
  • Public or private hospital improvements
  • Improvements to religious facilities
  • Agricultural buildings
  • Certain not-for-profit care facilities

To demonstrate that a project is exempt from this CET an Affordable Housing Construction Excise Tax Exemption Form must be completed, signed and submitted with your building permit application identifying what exemptions are applicable to the project. 


Building Permit Application Minimum Submittal Requirements

The following information and webpage links provides information to applicants for what is required in order for the City to consider a permit application complete and allow the application to be submitted and plan review fees paid. 

Commercial Projects includes:

One and Two Family Projects includes:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered
  • Soils Report if lot slope exceeds 20%
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater 

See Single Family Addition Submittal Requirements for details:

  • Four (4) copies of Site, Architectural, and Structural Drawings for the area of proposed work and areas affected by such work.
  • Structural Calculations—Two (2) set prepared and stamped by the architect or engineer of record for the work covered.
  • Residential Water Service Application
  • Tree preservation standards apply to projects with ground disturbance activity if the lot is 5,000 square feet or greater .

 

Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 12, 2016

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

Deconstruction Ordinance Effective October 31, 2016

Portland City Council adopted an ordinance, including code language, which requires projects seeking a demolition permit of a house or duplex to fully deconstruct that structure if it was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource. The new deconstruction requirements become effective October 31, 2016. As we draw closer to the implementation date, we will share more information about how deconstruction requirements will be coordinated with the permit application/approval process.

Deconstruction is a method for removing structures that keeps valuable materials out of the landfill, protects health, creates pathways to construction careers and generates affordable reusable building materials.

Earth Advantage and the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA) will offer training and certification in deconstruction beginning the week of July 18, 2016. The first training and certification is for contractors. A second training, later this fall, will focus on developing the skills needed to work on a deconstruction site. Information on training can be found here.

Visit the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s News Release for more detail about deconstruction in the City of Portland.

BDS Lunch & Learn: Historic District and Landmark Regulations – Friday, July 15th

Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

BDS Lunch & Learn

Join the Bureau of Development Services Staff for a FREE Presentation and Discussion on Historic District and Historic Landmark Regulations.

Friday, July 15, 2016 from Noon - 1:00 pm
Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

House in Historic District

Properties in historic districts, as well as individually listed historic landmarks, have special zoning regulations which are intended to protect historic resources in the city and preserve the city’s heritage.

The purpose of this Lunch & Learn is to help educate home owners, realtors and the community on zoning code provisions that affect historic resources.

Historic District and Landmark Regulations will cover:

  • What is a historic district? What is a historic landmark?
  • What is the difference between a contributing resource and a non-contributing resource?
  • How do I know if my property is a historic resource?
  • When is historic resource review required?
  • What is exempt from historic resource review?

BDS staff will be available to answer zoning and building code questions.

If you have questions contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 15 de julio.

Presented by Hillary Adam, Bureau of Development Services Senior Planner and Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Historic Resources Program Manager.

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