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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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DRAC Happenings

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DRAC Work Plan: At its last meeting on April 17, 2012 the DRAC spent considerable time updating its Work Plan, which serves to focus the DRAC’s time and efforts on key issues related to development. DRAC MeetingFocus areas in the coming months will include:

  • Development fees and regulations
  • Systems Development Charges (SDCs)
  • The BDS Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP)
  • Historic Design Review
  • Citywide Tree Code implementation

Letters to City Council: The DRAC recently sent a letter to City Council in support of delaying the implementation of the Citywide Tree Code, in order to ensure that adequate funding is in place.

The DRAC is currently drafting a letter to the Council in support of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s (BPS’s) proposal to extend the expiration date on land use applications. BPS’s proposal was approved by the Planning & Sustainability Commission on April 10th and will be heard by City Council on May 9, 2012.

New DRAC Members: The DRAC has recently welcomed five new members, filling positions that had recently become vacant. New members include:

  • Dan Gilkison, Port of Portland
  • Rob Humphrey, Faster Permits
  • Keith Jones, Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.
  • Maryhelen Kincaid, East Columbia Neighborhood Assoc. / Citywide Land Use Group
  • Joe Schneider, Skanska

Welcome to all our new members! For information about applying for membership to the DRAC, please contact DRAC staff assistant Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or

For general information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit the DRAC website:

DRAC Happenings highlights the activities of the City’s Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The DRAC is the City’s primary advisory body regarding development review. The DRAC’s 17 members represent groups with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.

The purpose of the DRAC is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City's goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment. The DRAC advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations.

The DRAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Room 2500B on the 2nd floor of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave. DRAC meetings are open to the public.