At its September meeting, the DRAC discussed the need for funding for staff to perform general review and updating of City Code, particularly the City Zoning Code (Title 33). The DRAC also heard a presentation on the City’s Street by Street Program.
At its October meeting, DRAC members discussed BDS’s budget and the balance the bureau strives for pursuing cost recovery, providing timely, high quality services, maintaining reserves to promote financial stability, and keeping fees as low as possible. As in past years, the DRAC will be an important resource for BDS as we put together our budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2013-14. The DRAC reviews the budget at a global level, providing input on permit and land use fees and ensuring that the development review process works well.
Other topics discussed at the October meeting included Historic Design Review Code amendments, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and the proposed Vacant Property Registration Program.
Interested in joining the DRAC? BDS is currently recruiting for three vacant positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
- Environmental Conservation & Green Building
- Large Developers
- Neighborhood Coalition Land use Committees
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas and minutes, visit the DRAC website. The next DRAC meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th.
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 Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 2500B on the 2nd floor of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave. DRAC meetings are open to the public.