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Help Prevent Flooding in Portland

During periods of excessive rainfall, snow, and ice melt, many areas of the City of Portland face a higher risk for flooding. To help prevent localized flooding, the Bureau of Development Services is recommending that storm drains are cleared to allow for sufficient erosion control or water drainage.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
February 12, 2019

Contact: Portland Bureau of Transportation Dispatch
, 503-823-1700

Help Prevent Flooding in Portland

During periods of excessive rainfall, snow, and ice melt, many areas of the City of Portland face a higher risk for flooding. To help prevent localized flooding, the Bureau of Development Services is recommending that storm drains are cleared to allow for sufficient erosion control or water drainage.

  1. Property owners should make sure the storm drains in front of their property are cleared and functioning to help avoid flooding. If a property you own or manage has surrounding storm drains, please ensure that those drains are clear.
  2. Contractors at construction sites should check the storm drains in the right-of-way frequently. BDS expects that the contractors with permits will inspect and maintain the site, and ensure that erosion control measures are in place and functioning. In situations where there is a potential for flooding, the contractor can remove the erosion control. The contractor is still responsible for offsite discharges.

For more information on stormwater drainage and tips on how to keep storm drains clean, visit the Portland Bureau of Transportation website.

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Update about URM Ordinances 189201 & 189309 Requirements and Letter Notifications

Notifications to owners of Public buildings informing them of the requirements of the ordinance and how to comply with these requirements were mailed December 7, 2018. Notifications to other URM building owners except non-profits, were mailed on January 9, 2019.

 

On Feb. 14, 2019, the Federal Court ordered the City of Portland to stop enforcing the
URM Placarding Ordinances 189201 & 189309. We will provide updates as they become available.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 11, 2019

Contact: Amit Kumar,
Senior Structural Engineer, Engineering Plan Review Services, Amit.Kumar@portlandoregon.gov

Update on URM Ordinances 189201 & 189309 Requirements and Letter Notifications

To reduce the risk posed by unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings, Portland City Council passed Ordinance 189201 and 189309 requiring owners of URM buildings to notify tenants and visitors that the structure is a URM. Notifications to owners of Public buildings informing them of the requirements of the ordinance and how to comply with these requirements were mailed December 7, 2018. Notifications to other URM building owners except non-profits, were mailed on January 9, 2019. 

The notification letters that were mailed out on January 9, 2019 contained a printing error. The letter incorrectly stated two dates on item numbers 4 & 5. The correct dates are in bold below:

4. Record and submit the “Declaration of Agreement Not to Remove Placard and Acknowledgement of Compliance with Tenant Requirements” document. This document (enclosed) will need to be notarized before it is recorded. The agreement indicates you will not remove the placard (unless the building is no longer classified as a URM) and that you have complied with tenant notification requirements. Agreements may be submitted digitally or by mail on or before January 1, 2019 March 1, 2019.

5. Submit a photograph of a properly placed placard to the Bureau of Development Services on or before January 1, 2019 March 1, 2019.

Postcards were mailed on January 11, 2019 with the corrected dates to the owners who were sent the incorrect information. We regret the error and apologize for any confusion.


Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements 

The ordinance requires that: 

  • A placard be posted on all URM buildings that reads: “This is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake.”
  • The building owner must notify existing tenants that the building is an unreinforced masonry building, and unreinforced masonry buildings may be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. 
  • In addition to a placard, every lease or rental agreement entered into or renewed after the timeline for placarding noted below, must contain a statement that: “This is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a Major Earthquake.” 
  • Building owners must record an agreement not to remove the placard and acknowledgment of compliance with tenant notification requirements. 

The ordinance requires URM owners to post a placard according to the following timeline:  

  • Publicly-owned buildings: On or before January 1,2019 
  • Non-profit buildings: On or before November 1, 2020 
  • All other buildings: On or before March 1, 2019 

The URM placard must: 

  • Be at least 8”x10” inches 
  • Have lettering in at least 50-point bold font 
  • Be posted in a conspicuous location on the exterior at the main entrance with the following language: “This is an Unreinforced Masonry Building. Unreinforced Masonry Buildings may be unsafe in an event of a major earthquake.”  

It is not required to post the placard in languages other than English, but if the building serves people who are not fluent in English, it is recommended to post the information in those additional languages. The placard should also meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Sign Installation Guidelines. 

Exceptions to Placarding and Tenant Notifications 

Buildings that have been retrofitted to the following standards will not require a placard or tenant notification: 

  • Collapse prevention standard for BSE-2 seismic hazards or life safety for BSE-1 seismic hazard as defined in American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 41-17 or ASCE 41-13 are not required to post a placard or notify tenants 

For buildings that were retrofitted before January 1, 2018, either:  

  • Life Safety standard using FEMA 178, FEMA 310, or ASCE 31; or 
  • Oregon Structural Specialty Code 1993 edition or later 

Enforcement 

Portland Fire and Rescue will inspect the placement of placards as part of their inspection program and will work with BDS Enforcement Section to enforce the requirements for placards. 

BDS Enforcement Section will use its existing enforcement program and authority to enforce the requirements for placarding and tenant notification. 

Appeals 

Building owners who receive notice to place placards and notify tenants but believe that their building is not a URM, or that the URM building has already been retrofitted to meet the standards above, may file an appeal. See frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and tenant Notification Requirements for URM Buildings for more information. 

Additional Information  

  • Instructions for how to bring a URM building into compliance with Ordinance 189201 are available here.
  • BDS will create administrative rules that clarify how to provide documentation to show compliance with the new regulations.
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions on Placarding and Tenant Notification Requirements for URM buildings here. 

 

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Revisions to Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program Guide

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program Guide has been revised to provide clarification on current requirements and regulations for accessory dwelling units. Please be aware of the following changes made in the guide, effective December 21, 2018.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
December 21, 2018

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7828

Revisions to Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program Guide Effective Dec. 21, 2018

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program Guide has been revised to provide clarification on current requirements and regulations for accessory dwelling units. Please be aware of the following changes made in the guide, effective December 21, 2018:

  • Following legislation effective August 1, 2018, System Development Charges (SDC) waivers will be granted only when the ADU is not used as Accessory Short-Term Rental for a period of 10 years. More information on the SDC Waiver Program can be found here.
  • The Construction Standards Section in the program guide now clarifies that the requirements of the building code must be met, except where alternate standards in the program guide are provided. The revised guide more clearly differentiates between requirements for ADUs in a new structure vs. ADUs created through conversion of or addition to an existing structure, where appropriate.
  • When converting an existing finished space to an ADU, a new requirement states that a permit for the finished space in question must have been obtained and received approval of final inspection at least 2 years prior to application for the ADU permit to use the alternate construction standards for fire separation (V.D.2.b in the program guide).
  • The revised guide also provides clarification and information about:
         - Electrical access requirements
         - Requirements of Title 11; Trees;
         - Addressing requirements;
         - Temporary street use permits, if needed during construction

To view the revised guide, click here.

Note: This program guide was further updated, effective January 10, 2019, with corrected information regarding Bureau of Transportation System Development Charges (SDCs).

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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
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BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 1, 2018

Contact: Hillary Adam, Hillary.Adam@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-3581

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

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling 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 areas: 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 within the category of “architectural historian.” Candidates within the open category of landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community, development, urban planning, archaeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines will also be considered. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted by Friday August 31, 2018.
 
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Community and Civic Life (OCCL) with a cover letter or a resume describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience.

For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, contact Hillary Adam with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-3581.
 
Anyone interested should contact the Office of Community and Civic Life at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the OCCL website.

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Adopted administrative rule gives clearer guidance on when major public trail improvements are required

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.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 13, 2018

Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7828

Adopted Administrative Rule Gives Clearer Guidance on when
Major Public Trail Improvements are Required

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. Previously, City staff determined if the improvements were required by evaluating the impact on a case by case basis, evaluating transportation impact studies and other data as part of the development review process.

The new administrative rule provides transparency and certainty to owners of affected properties when planning development. It also reduces 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.

Generally, the larger a development and the more intense the use, more likely 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 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, which was 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 applies city-wide to all properties with a major public trail designation. Subsequently, direct notice was provided to property owners with a major public trail designation, and a public hearing was held on June 27, 2018.

This adopted administrative rule is effective on July 10, 2018.

Please note that this process could change over time and this page may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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