March 20, 2013 | WWeek.com-- The Portland Bureau of Development Services is fast-tracking a revised permit application for an 81-unit apartment complex on Southeast Division Street, without consulting neighbors or City Council.
The city issued a stop-work order for Beaverton developer Dennis Sackhoff's controversial development last month, after a state appeals board said the permit was issued illegally. Development Services officials said that Sackhoff would have to submit a new permit application and go through a neighborhood review.
But on Tuesday, BDS announced that it was reviewing a revised permit from Sackhoff—circumventing a new application, a meeting with neighbors or talking to City Hall.
"I am distressed and baffled," says City Commissioner Steve Novick. "Apparently, they got different legal advice from the City Attorney's Office. BDS did not feel they had an obligation to inform either the neighbors or City Council."
Sources tell WW that none of the four commissioners on City Hall's second floor were aware of the change until late yesterday.
"I'm outraged that the Council was not consulted about this by the Bureau of Development Services," says Commissioner Nick Fish. "This particular development is almost READ FULL ARTICLE