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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.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

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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Changes to Requirements Around Residential Demolitions, Major Residential Alterations and Additions

The following changes regarding residential demolitions and major residential alterations and additions became effective as of July 1, 2018: Definition of demolition & Documentation

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
July 2, 2018
Contact: Nancy Thorington, Nancy.Thorington@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-7023

Changes to Requirements Around Residential Demolitions, Major Residential Alterations and Additions

The following changes regarding residential demolitions and major residential alterations and additions became effective as of July 1, 2018:

  1. Definition of demolition includes removal of all exterior walls above the foundation.
  2. The following documentation will be required and site control measures will apply to residential demolitions of structures with 1 – 4 dwelling units and their accompanying detached accessory structures:
  • A copy of the asbestos survey, and accompanying information if asbestos is found, must be provided to BDS as part of the demolition application
  • A Demolition Plan must be completed outlining the techniques and equipment to control dust and debris during the demolition
  • A Demolition Manager must be designated for all applicable demolition projects
  • For pre-1978 structures being demolished by a licensed contractor, the person performing the demolition must submit proof to BDS that the contractor has one of the certifications regarding lead-based paint specified in OAR 333-068-0070
  • An accredited asbestos inspector, certified asbestos worker or certified asbestos supervisor must be on-site during all mechanical demolition activities and deconstruction, unless Comprehensive Asbestos Inspection and Testing is completed and evidence that all identified asbestos-containing materials have been abated prior to demolition or deconstruction
  • Prior to commencing mechanical demolition activities, all non-structural exterior painted surfaces must be removed
  • Dust suppression techniques that will prevent dust and airborne debris from leaving the site must be approved by BDS and implemented on the site
  • No mechanical demolition activities can occur any time the wind speed exceeds 25 MPH
  • Demolition debris must be contained on-site and covered in plastic at the end of each day
  1. Major Residential Alterations will include removing 50 percent or more of the total exterior walls above the foundation, calculated in lineal feet.
  2. Major Residential Additions will include projects that add more than 500 square feet of new interior space and also expand the structure’s footprint or envelope. The new interior space does not include areas of existing space within the building envelope.
  3. Dust suppression measures outlined in Portland City Code Section 24.55.205.C.3 must be implemented if heavy machinery is used to demolish walls as part of a Major Residential Alteration. Those measures include continuously wetting the structure, the equipment that comes in direct contact with the building materials, and the debris with a water spray sufficient in force and volume to prohibit airborne emissions of dust and particulates from leaving the site.

BDS is in the process of updating its Major Residential Alterations and Additions Informational Guide to reflect these changes and provide examples of how the new regulations will be applied.

The full requirements are included in:

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City Council Extends the SDC Waiver for ADUs, with Conditions

City Council passed an ordinance on June 27, 2018 to extend a waiver of system development charges (SDCs) for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with additional requirements to contribute to Portland’s housing capacity.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
June 27, 2018
Contact: Matt Wickstrom, Matt.Wickstrom@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-6825

City Council Extends the SDC Waiver for ADUs, with Conditions

City Council passed an ordinance on June 27, 2018 to extend a waiver of system development charges (SDCs) for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) with additional requirements to contribute to Portland’s housing capacity.

  • Property owners who participate in the ADU SDC Waiver Program receive a waiver of SDC fees.
  • The program requires the property owner to sign a covenant stating that neither the ADU nor the house will be rented as accessory short-term rentals (ASTRs) for 10 years.
  • Listing any on-site structure on a short-term rental platform is a violation of the covenant. Participating owners who violate the covenant will be required to repay waived fees at a rate of 150 percent the current SDC rates.
  • The program does not restrict the rental of on-site structures including the ADU; however tenancy must be arranged on a month-to-month basis or longer.
  • Property owners who don’t participate in the ADU SDC Waiver Program will pay full SDC fees and can list the ADU on a short-term rental platform.
  • The revised ADU SDC Waiver Program goes into effect August 1, 2018 and doesn’t have an expiration date. The program is not retroactive and does not apply to property owners who previously received ADU SDC waivers or who receive waivers prior to August 1, 2018.

Staff from the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services and Revenue Division of the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services collaborated to develop a process for development applications that involve SDC waivers for ADUs and to ensure property owners who accept the SDC waiver sign and record the covenant. Title 17 and Title 21 were also updated to reflect the ADU SDC Waiver Program.

The Revenue Division will be responsible for administering the restrictive covenant and enforcing violations. There is a $400 application fee for the ADU SDC waiver, which will help fund a position in the Revenue Division to oversee the program and administer covenants. The Revenue Division will also collect annual data about rents charged for ADUs that receive SDC waivers to report to City Council every two years.

In 2009, the year before SDC fees were waived, 24 permits for new ADUs were issued - both newly constructed and conversions of existing living space. In 2016, 615 ADU permits were issued, amounting about 10 percent of permits for new dwelling units that year.

Additionally, due to the need to complete and record the restrictive covenant, it will be less likely that permits for ADUs can be approved over the counter in the Development Services Center.

Read the proposed ordinance.

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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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