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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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DRAC Happenings

In January and February, the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) spent significant time reviewing and discussing BDS’s Requested Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2014-15, which BDS submitted on February 3, 2014. As in past years, DRAC members made suggestions that factored into BDS’s Requested Budget. The DRAC submitted a letter to the City Council in support of BDS’s budget request. DRAC members were pleased that virtually all BDS fees will not be increasing in July (except for the Environmental Soils Program).

DRAC members have also been discussing the DRAC’s role and purpose, and are taking steps to re-focus the DRAC on policy and process change to improve the development review process. Other topics discussed at the February meeting include the Public Works Appeals process and the current initiative to privatize the Water Bureau.

The DRAC’s next meeting will be on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

DRAC MembersInterested in joining the DRAC?

BDS is currently recruiting for two vacant positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:

  • Design Professionals
  • Major Facilities Landowners

If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or

For more information about the DRAC, please visit the DRAC website. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 2500B (2nd floor) of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th  Ave. DRAC meetings are open to the public.

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 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.