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New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search feature.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 2, 2017

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

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search features. The Advanced Search features went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of land use case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Land use case records include the following categories: Early Assistance, Final Plat, Land Use Review and Public Registry. View the Land Use Case Search Guide.

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

Advanced Search

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.
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Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
June 13, 2017

Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.   

“It is important to us to provide notice to everyone living near a land use proposal, regardless of whether they own their property or are renting. We’re serving the whole community, not just property owners, and it’s important that all neighbors be informed and given the opportunity to comment on land use proposals.” stated Rebecca Esau, Interim Director of BDS.

Sending land use proposal notifications to renters increases their opportunity to participate in the process, and provides advanced notice of proposed changes before construction starts.  
 
Some examples of land use proposals include large projects such as the design of a new downtown building, subdivisions, or the expansion of a school in a residential zone, as well as smaller projects, such as a request to build a house closer to a side property line than the zoning code would normally allow.  

Approximately 800-900 land use applications are processed each year.   

To learn more about land use regulations, or view land use proposals, visit the Bureau’s Zoning/Land Use webpage.
 
Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer,
at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4268.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.


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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BDS Notifications now include Translation and Interpretation Information

In an effort to increase and improve public access to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), starting on February 1, 2017, notifications for land use review cases, enforcement cases, and residential demolitions include information about how to request language translation or other accommodations.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 5, 2017

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

BDS Notifications now include Translation and Interpretation Information

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In an effort to increase and improve public access to information, all BDS land use review, residential demolition and enforcement notifications now include information on how to request language translation, interpretation and other accommodations.

“Everybody who lives or works in the City of Portland is a potential stakeholder of the Bureau of Development Services,” says BDS Interim Director Rebecca Esau. “We want people to know that we are committed to increasing access to our services and that we provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities and language translation for individuals with limited English proficiency.” While these accommodations are mandated by Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act, at BDS there is a commitment to implement equitable service delivery, outreach, and recruitment.

The following “Translation and Interpretation” message is being included in all BDS notifications:

BDS Translation and Interpretation Message

To find Bureau of Development Services documents translated into Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian, as well as the City’s other Safe Harbor languages; please visit our Language translation webpage.

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
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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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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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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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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