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Changes to Demolition Code could affect your Residential Projects

If you plan to do work involving residential demolitions, additions or alterations, you should be aware of an ordinance that the City Council passed on June 13, 2018, which simplifies some definitions, adds dust control requirements for major alterations using heavy equipment, and makes other technical changes to the Demolition Code.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
June 15, 2018
Contact: Nancy Thorington, Nancy.Thorington@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-7023

Changes to Demolition Code could affect your Residential Projects

If you plan to do work involving residential demolitions, additions or alterations, you should be aware of an ordinance that the City Council passed on June 13, 2018, which simplifies some definitions, adds dust control requirements for major alterations using heavy equipment, and makes other technical changes to the Demolition Code. The ordinance will be implemented on July 1, 2018.

BDS recommends that you:

Summary of Changes to the Demolition Code (Portland City Code Chapter 24.55)

A. Amends the following definitions:

  • Demolition” – The new definition is, “removing all exterior walls above the foundation.”
  • Major Residential Addition” – The new definition is “adding 500 square feet or more of new interior space.”
  • Major Residential Alteration” – The new definition is: “removing 50% or more of the exterior walls above the foundation.”

B. Adds Requirement for Dust Control During Major Alterations

  • Requires dust suppression for major alterations if the project includes mechanical demolition activities (using heavy machinery to pull down any part of the structure).

C. Clarifies points related to the existing demolition delay appeal hearing, including:

  • Makes it clear that any party can introduce evidence at the appeal hearing (previously, the applicant was required to present all evidence at the time they file the appeal)
  • Removes the term “pro-forma budget” and replacing it with “project budget.”
  • Clarifies that the appellant doesn’t actually have to complete the transaction (e.g., complete the sale or move the structure) within the 95-day delay period; they just have to come to an agreement within the 95 days.

D. Changes to the new SB 871 Implementation Ordinance (mitigation of asbestos and lead-based paint in residential demolitions):

  • The amendments allow certified asbestos workers and certified asbestos supervisors to satisfy the requirement for an on-site asbestos expert and adds an alternative to having a certified person on-site if full destructive asbestos inspection and testing are completed prior to the demolition.
  • Removes the exception for the during demolition inspection.

E. Various technical changes as follows:

  • Corrects reference errors in 24.55.100
  • Removes definitions that are no longer applicable
  • Makes it clear that delay provisions and major residential addition/alteration (MRAA) provisions only apply to 1-2 family dwellings (not apartments and other large residential projects)
  • Clarifies MRAA notice provisions and adds the graphic to the MRAA section because it got deleted from the demolition section when the SB 871 Ordinance was adopted

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Proposed Administrative Rules for Residential Demolitions

You may have seen that Portland City Council passed an ordinance in February 2018 to address asbestos and lead-based paint in residential demolitions. While the ordinance took effect immediately, the implementation will happen July 1.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 25, 2018
Contact: Nancy Thorington, Nancy.Thorington@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-7023

Proposed Administrative Rules for Residential Demolitions

You may have seen that Portland City Council passed an ordinance in February 2018 to address asbestos and lead-based paint in residential demolitions. While the ordinance took effect immediately, the implementation will happen July 1.

BDS is releasing proposed administrative rules related to this implementation. Specifically, the proposed administrative rules will provide implementation guidance on:

  • Portland City Code (PCC) Chapter 24.55 (Building Demolition), particularly provisions related to residential demolitions. 
  • Dust and site control measures for demolition projects with 1-4 dwelling units.

You can read the proposed administrative rule online. If you wish to comment on the proposed administrative rule, we encourage you to submit written comments before 9 a.m. on June 19 to Nancy Thorington at nancy.thorington@portlandoregon.gov.

You may also comment in-person at our public hearing:

Date:               Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Time:              9–11 a.m.
Location:       1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 C (2nd floor), Portland, OR 97201

Physical copies of the proposed administrative rule will be available at the public hearing, or by calling BDS at 503-823-7300.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Proposed Administrative Rule Would Offer Clearer Guidance on Requirements for Major Public Trail Improvements

If you apply to develop or redevelop one of more than 550 properties with a major public trail designation on the City of Portland’s Official Zoning Map, you may be required to grant an easement and make trail improvements as part of your project.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 25, 2018
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7828

Proposed Administrative Rule Would Offer Clearer Guidance on
Requirements for Major Public Trail Improvements

If you apply to develop or redevelop one of more than 550 properties with a major public trail designation on the City of Portland’s Official Zoning Map, you may be required to grant an easement and make trail improvements as part of your project. This requirement has existed for years as part of the Zoning Code (Chapter 33.272). The extent of the easement and trail improvements must be in proportion to the transportation impacts of the proposed development, a constitutional principle known as rough proportionality. Currently, City staff determine the extent of improvements by evaluating the impact on a case by case basis, evaluating transportation impact studies and other data as part of the development review process.

A proposed administrative rule would provide transparency and certainty to owners of affected properties when planning development. It would also reduce the time spent evaluating the impact of the development. It does this by setting a consistent methodology for determining rough proportionality and therefore whether applicants are required to grant an easement and construct major public trail improvements, and to what extent.

Generally, the larger a development and the more intense the use, more improvements will be required. On the other hand, a proposal that consists of one or a few dwellings is unlikely to require major public trail easement dedication or construction due to its relatively low impact.

The proposed administrative rule has been in the works for quite some time by various City bureaus, and has been available to the public as exhibits to drafts of the 2035 Central City Plan. The Plan is expected to be adopted by Portland City Council on June 6, 2018, and effective July 9, 2018. The Plan directed BDS to adopt and implement the administrative rule. Although it was drafted through the Central City Planning process, the rule would apply city-wide to all properties with a major public trail designation. The current draft of the administrative rule is essentially the same as the previous drafts, except that it has been updated to include data from the most recent professionally accepted rates of trip generation.

BDS has notified owners of properties with a major public trail designation by mail. To find out if your property is affected, please look for it on the Official Zoning Map and check to see if it touches a line of stars with “major public trail” on it.

If you wish to learn more about the proposed administrative rule, we encourage you to read the draft and attend our public hearing:

Date:               Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time:              3:30 p.m.
Location:        1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 C (2nd floor)

Copies of the draft administrative rule will be available at the public hearing. They will also be available during normal business hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the 5th floor of the building.

Comments will be accepted in person at the hearing or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. You can also submit written comments by email to Emily Sandy at BDS emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Do You Know How Code Updates to Implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan May Affect You?

Portland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect on May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. It’s a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 15, 2018
Contact: Matt Wickstrom, Matt.Wickstrom@portlandoregon.gov; (503) 823-6825

Do You Know How Code Updates to Implement the
2035 Comprehensive Plan May Affect You?

2035 Comprehensive PlanPortland’s new 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect on May 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. It’s a long-range plan that helps the City prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments.

Staff at various City bureaus have been working on projects to implement the Comprehensive Plan. These early implementation projects include significant updates to the Zoning Map and Portland Zoning Code, which create entirely new base zones and change development standards in Portland.

Learn about the magnitude of changes as well as other upcoming projects that implement the Comprehensive Plan on our website under Upcoming Regulatory Changes. We hope that the information on this page can help customers and community members with developing project schedules, participating in public involvement activities and learning about upcoming regulatory changes.

The website includes a video presentation talking about the big picture of changes to the zoning code, as well as summaries of the various upcoming and recent projects that affect other codes. It also includes new and updated forms that will be in effect on May 24, 2018.

We’re here to help you. If you have any questions, please contact our planners at 503-823-7526 or visit the Development Services Center.

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711. 503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译 | Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare 번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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Online Appeals Payment Portal

Effective March 1, 2018 – The Bureau of Development Services is announcing a new online payment portal for building code appeals, in an effort to be more helpful to customers who qualify for an appeal.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
 
March 1, 2018

Online Appeals Payment Portal


Effective March 1, 2018
– The Bureau of Development Services is announcing a new online payment portal for building code appeals, in an effort to be more helpful to customers who qualify for an appeal.

The new portal adds two payment options for appeals: credit card and electronic check. In the past, the only way to pay for appeals was either through U.S. Postal Service mail or in-person at the bureau’s Development Services Center in downtown Portland.

Beginning March 1, customers will be able to go to the payment portal and enter their IVR number, along with the payment amount.

To get the IVR number and the amount due, send an email to the Appeals Secretary with your appeal ID number and the building address. We will send you the IVR number and what you owe promptly. Customers can then enter their information to make the payment in a safe and secure way.

Learn more about BDS building code appeals.

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