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Changes to Tree Preservation Requirements in Development Situations Effective April 14, 2017

Amendments to Title 11 (Tree Code) tree preservation requirements in development situations administered by the Bureau of Development Services were approved by the Portland City Council March 15, 2017. These changes, which help clarify language and ease implementation, will go into effect on April 14, 2017.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
April 7, 2017

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

Changes to Tree Preservation Requirements in Development Situations
Effective April 14, 2017

Tree in Development SituationAmendments to Title 11 (Tree Code) tree preservation requirements in development situations administered by the Bureau of Development Services were approved by the Portland City Council March 15, 2017. These changes, which help clarify language and ease implementation, will go into effect on April 14, 2017.

If you have questions about how these changes apply to a specific development situation, please call the Bureau of Development Services Planning & Zoning Hotline at 503-823-PLAN (7526) or visit the Development Services Center (DSC). See location and hours of operation for the DSC at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/37988.

For questions about trees in non-development situations or in the public right-of-way, please call Urban Forestry at 503-823-TREE (8733).

Following is a summary of the amendments to Title 11 tree preservation requirements in development situations going into effect April 14, 2017: 

CHANGES TO TREE PRESERVATION REQUIREMENTS  

  • The following situations will be exempt from tree preservation requirements:

    • Development activities within 10 feet of an existing primary structure, garage, or detached accessory structure permitted as living space, as long as no trees are proposed for removal and no ground disturbance will occur within the root protection zone of a healthy non-nuisance tree 12-inches or greater in diameter.

    • Fence and deck replacement, as long as the footprint or length remains the same and no trees are proposed for removal.

    • Development with no proposed ground disturbance and with a construction staging area of 100 square feet or less on unpaved portions of the site.
  • Construction staging areas will be required to be identified on site plans. Development with no proposed ground disturbance but with a construction staging area that is greater than 100 square on unpaved portions of the site will require tree preservation measures.

  • Existing encroachments into a tree’s root protection zone will not count toward the 25% allowed encroachment.

  • Existing structures and fencing, if at least 3.5 feet tall, will be allowed to be used as root protection fencing as long as this fencing meets the root protection zone distance requirements. Also, the code clarifies that root protection fencing is not required to extend beyond the development site into adjacent properties or rights of way. Protection of trees in the right of way will still be reviewed by Urban Forestry staff.

  • Landscaping required per Title 33: Portland Zoning Code may be installed within a tree’s root protection zone and will be not considered an encroachment. However, an in-ground irrigation system will be considered an encroachment.

  • If a City tree inspector determines a protected tree to be dead, dying, dangerous, or a nuisance species, the inspector may require a tree plan revision. 

CHANGES TO TREE DENSITY & TREE PLANTING REQUIREMENTS 

  • Work under septic and plumbing permits will be exempt from tree density requirements (similar to demolition, site development, and zoning permits).

  • The code has been clarified to include tree density in the list of Non-Conforming Development upgrade requirements of Portland Zoning Code 33.258.  

  • Newly planted trees must be labeled in the field for the inspector to be able to identify the species and ensure conformance with the site plan or tree plan. 

 

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Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn Presentation on Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) Regulations

Friday, March 24, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration is not required) Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

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

Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) Regulations

Friday, March 24, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm
(Registration is not required)

Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

ASTR

Are you planning to rent bedrooms in a house, duplex, accessory dwelling unit, sleeping area in a detached accessory, or multi-dwelling structure for less than 30 days? Join our Lunch and Learn presentation to hear more information about the City’s ASTR regulations and how to apply for an ASTR permit.

IMPORTANT: Beginning March 31, 2017, violations of the City’s ASTR requirements will be issued
citations. Citations ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 per occurrence, will be issued and compliance periods will not be offered. Come learn how to operate your ASTR in compliance.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Occupancy requirements for all ASTRs
  • Type A ASTR versus Type B ASTR
  • What is the inspection process for ASTRs?
  • What happens after an ASTR permit is approved?
  • What are the City business license and transient lodging tax requirements? 
  • Question and Answer session

Presented by Bureau of Development Services and OMF Revenue Division.

If you have questions about the event, contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889.

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 22 de marzo.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

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The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Member of the Public to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. We are requesting that applications be submitted by Monday, April 3, 2017.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
March 2, 2017

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Member of the Public to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

March 2, 2017. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for an interested member of the public to fill a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in Historic and Conservation Districts. They also review large proposals for alterations to existing Landmarks and to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts, as well as appeals of smaller-scale proposals to existing Landmarks and alterations to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts. The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, during normal business hours. Occasionally, meetings may go in to the evening hours; 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 historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large. All members must have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation.
 
Currently, one position is available and falls within the open category of landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community, development, urban planning, archaeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines which can also include historian, architectural historian, and architect, etc. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. We are requesting that applications be submitted by Monday, April 3, 2017.
 
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 Historic Landmarks Commission you may contact Hillary Adam with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-3581, or hillary.adam@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.

Please subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

 
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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.
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Upcoming FREE Lunch and Learn Presentation on Inclusionary Housing Program

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm (Registration is not required) Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A.

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REPEAT OF 1/20/17 PRESENTATION - NO NEW INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED

Learn About The City’s New Inclusionary Housing Program Affects Multi-Family Residential Development 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm
(Registration is not required)

Bureau of Development Services - 1900 Building
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland OR, 97201 - 2nd Floor Room 2500A

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A second Lunch & Learn presentation will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. This session will be at the 1900 building, room 2500A to help ensure space and provide a microphone for the presenters. This will be a repeat of the recent January 20, 2017 presentation

Beginning February 1, 2017, buildings with 20 or more residential units will be part of Portland’s Inclusionary Housing Program, making affordable housing units available throughout the city. The program requires a minimum amount of units be affordable to households earning no more than 80% of area median income, with five alternatives for providing affordability, and varying incentives. Developers and the general public are invited to our Lunch & Learn to hear more information about the program details and what to expect when submitting a building permit for a housing project.

The presentation will address questions such as:

  • Which developments are exempt from the Inclusionary Housing Program?
  • What are my options to meet the program requirements?
  • What incentives apply to help off-set the cost of providing affordable units?
  • Who do I contact with questions about a specific project?
  • How do I figure out what the rents will be for the affordable units?

Portland Housing Bureau and Bureau of Development Services staff will be available to answer questions.

Presented by Dory Van Bockel from the Portland Housing Bureau.

If you have questions about the event, contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 6 de febrero..

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

Please subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification. 
 

New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 13, 2017

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

New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added our enforcement case type records to the Portland Maps website Advanced Permit Search Function. The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Enforcement case records include the following types: construction code (work without permit), dangerous building, disabled vehicles, housing, nuisance, signs, and zoning.

New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

Advanced Permit Search Function

City of Portland staff is available to give presentations to community or business groups on how to use these new tools. If you would like to schedule a demonstration, please contact Ross Caron at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-4268.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.


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
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