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Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

BDS is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 28, 2019
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rule for
Accessory Short-Term Rental Enforcement

The Bureau of Development Services is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207. The proposed amendments:

  • clarify that the fine amount for the first violation may be set by the BDS fee schedule adopted annually by City Council, consistent with the fines for second and third offenses; and
  • clarify that the administrative rule applies to both Type A and Type B ASTRs.

The proposed amended rule may be found here.

No public hearing will be held unless one is requested.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Submit written comments or a request for hearing to Emily Sandy at emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov.

 


 

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Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees, Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations.

A new proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 23, 2019
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Amendments to Title 11, Trees,
Regarding Tree Preservation for Private Trees in Development Situations

Proposal

In 2016, in response to concern about large trees being removed in development situations in Portland neighborhoods, City Council adopted amendments to Title 11, Trees, to strengthen regulations pertaining to tree preservation, especially preservation of large sized trees, in development situations on private property, with a sunset date of December 31, 2019. The Bureau of Development Services is proposing to extend the sunset date of those amendments an additional 2 years until December 31, 2021. The proposal will be heard by both the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission who will make recommendations to City Council.

Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) Hearing

The Planning and Sustainability Commission will hear the proposal:
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (2nd floor).
5:00 p.m.

Check the PSC website for the confirmed agenda and hearing start time approximately 1 week prior to meeting.

Testimony on the proposal can be made to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in person at the hearing (limited to 2 minutes per person) or submitted in writing. To submit written testimony, mail comments to the Planning and Sustainability Commission at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 7100, Portland, Oregon 97201; or email comments to PSC@PortlandOregon.gov. All written and email testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and mailing address.

Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) Hearing

The Urban Forestry Commission will hear the proposal:
Thursday, October 17, 2019.
1221 SW 4th Avenue, City Hall, Lovejoy Room (2nd floor)
9:30 a.m.

Check the UFC website for confirmed agenda approximately 1 week prior to meeting.

Testimony on the proposal can be made to the Urban Forestry Commission in person at the hearing or submitted in writing. To submit written testimony, mail comments to the Urban Forestry Commission, Portland Parks and Recreation, at 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 5000, Portland, Oregon 97201; or email comments to urbanforestrycommission@PortlandOregon.gov. Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Summary of 2016 Amendments Proposed to be Extended to December 31, 2019.

The amendments adopted in 2016 and now proposed to sunset on December 31, 2019 are summarized as follows:

  1. Continued to require that at least 1/3 of non-exempt trees be preserved or pay a fee in-lieu of preservation, regardless of tree size. Added requirement that all non-exempt trees 36 inches or larger in diameter be preserved or pay a fee in-lieu of preservation.
  2. Amended the fee in-lieu of preservation as follows:
    a. For removal of non-exempt trees with a diameter of 12 inches or larger, but less than 36 inches, a graduated scale is used to determine the payment amount. Based on the current fee schedule, the fees are $1,800-$3,600 per tree removed.
    b. For removal of non-exempt trees with a diameter of 36 inches or larger, an “inch-per-inch mitigation” payment is required. Based on the current fee schedule, fees start at $16,220 for removal of a 36-inch diameter tree and increase at $450 per additional diameter inch of tree removed.
  3. Required applicants to post a notice on-site and send a notice to the neighborhood association and district coalition 45 days prior to development permit issuance for removal of non-exempt trees 36 inches in diameter or larger.
  4. Exempted certain affordable housing projects, as defined by the Portland Housing Bureau, from the fee in-lieu of preservation for removal of non-exempt trees 36” in diameter or larger.
  5. Included a sunset date of December 31, 2019.

Again, the Bureau of Development Services is proposing to extend the sunset date of those amendments an additional 2 years until December 31, 2021. The staff proposal can be found here.

 


 

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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City Seeking Input on the City of Portland Erosion Manual and Sediment Control Manual

BDS, together with BES, wants your input on the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual in preparation for an update to the manual.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 19, 2019
Contact: Emily Sandy, Emily.Sandy@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7828

City Seeking Input on the
City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Manual

Survey Open

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS), together with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), wants your input on the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual in preparation for an update to the manual. Any interested party is invited to take a survey to help inform this project. The survey will close on Friday, September 20, 2019.

To access the survey, click here.

Background

Why Does Erosion Control Matter?

Construction site erosion is a significant source of sediment and other pollutants. Accelerated erosion from constructions site without proper installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control BMPs significantly impacts instream water quality; endangers aquatic species and habitat; and may cause damage to wetlands, private property, and public infrastructure.

Why Update the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual?

State and federal regulations under the Clean Water Act require the City to implement an erosion control program with enforceable regulatory mechanisms to prevent the transport of construction-related sediment and pollutants to waters of the state. The City of Portland adopted erosion control code Title 10 and the Erosion and Sediment Control Manual to comply with the requirements to protect human health, the environment, and city infrastructure. The current manual has not been updated since 2008, and an update has been identified as a priority project to comply with state and federal regulations in a way that is clear, enforceable, and technically up-to-date.

 


 

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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Civil Disturbance Possible in Downtown Portland on August 17, 2019

City officials are preparing for a large protest on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the downtown core of Portland. The protest is expected to remain in the downtown area, although activity may extend to adjacent areas, such as the Central Eastside. The timing of the event is not certain. A large police presence will be downtown to secure public safety.

 CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

COMMUNITY ADVISORY

August 13, 2019

Civil Disturbance Possible in Downtown Portland on August 17, 2019

City officials are preparing for a large protest on Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the downtown core of Portland.  The protest is expected to remain in the downtown area, although activity may extend to adjacent areas, such as the Central Eastside. The timing of the event is not certain. A large police presence will be downtown to secure public safety.

Bureau of Development Services (BDS) Building Inspectors have been visiting active construction sites in the area to inform and ask that sites be secured prior to this event. This means securing tools, equipment, building materials and construction debris that could become weaponized by protesters. In an attempt to minimize property damage and help ensure public safety, BDS is asking for your assistance in distributing this flyer to any and all appropriate parties associated with active construction sites in these areas.

Thank you for your attention to this matter! 


 

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 on Specifications for On-Site Notices (Signs) on Future Development Sites

On May 8, 2019, City Council adopted amendments to Portland City Code Title 33 relating to the Neighborhood Contact Requirement for certain projects. The updated code goes into effect on December 2, 2019.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER ADVISORY 
August 12, 2019

Proposed Administrative Rule on Specifications for
On-Site Notices (Signs) on Future Development Sites
(as required by the revised Neighborhood Contact Requirement)

On May 8, 2019, City Council adopted amendments to Portland City Code Title 33 relating to the Neighborhood Contact Requirement for certain projects. The updated code goes into effect on December 2, 2019. The updated code requires that notification signs must be posted on the sites of some types of future development at least 35 days before a building permit or land use review application is submitted to the City.  The project applicant is responsible for posting the sign. The types of projects required to post the notification sign are:

  • In most zones, projects adding more than 10,000 square feet of building area;
  • All projects adding more than 10,000 square feet of building area that also require design review; and
  • All land divisions that create 4 or more lots, or any land division that also requires environmental review.

According to the adopted code amendments, all notification signs must provide certain information about the project including contact information for the applicant, neighborhood association and district coalition, and a written summary and site plan of the proposed development. In addition, some projects require that the applicant hold an informational meeting. In those cases, the notification sign must also provide information about the meeting.

Summary of Proposed Administrative Rule

The updated code allows BDS to adopt administrative rules regarding the size and layout of the notification sign. In addition, the sign must meet the minimum requirements prescribed by the code. BDS has also developed a notification sign template to be used by all applicants that are subject to the notification sign requirement. This rule does not determine when the notification sign is required but establishes requirements for the notification sign itself. The proposed rule and template require that the notification sign:

  • Be 4 feet by 5 feet in size and made of durable materials;
  • Contain basic information about the project such as number of stories, if parking is provided, how many new lots are proposed, and other information.
  • Contain a proposed site plan at least 144 square inches in size;
  • Include contact information for the project applicant, neighborhood organization, district coalition and City land use and permit information; and
  • Include information about the informational meeting for projects that require a meeting, and information on requesting the applicant to provide barrier free access to the meeting

The proposed administrative rule can be found here. 

Sign for projects that require an informational meeting 

Sign for projects that do not require an informational meeting

Public Hearing

Date:               Monday, September 9, 2019
Time:              4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location:       1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 4a (4th floor), Portland, OR 97201

Written Comments

The deadline for written comments submitting comments on the proposed draft is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

Comments should be mailed or e-mailed to:

Emily Sandy, Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR 97201

Emily.sandy@portlandoregon.gov

 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. 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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