At the November DRAC meeting, members reviewed the details of BDS’s submission to the City’s Fall 2014 Budget Monitoring Process (BuMP), which BDS used to add 22 fee-supported and 2 General Fund-supported staff positions. DRAC members expressed support for the staff additions to improve bureau services and response times.
Much of the meeting was spent reviewing and discussing proposals from the DRAC Demolition Subcommittee. The Committee also heard information on deconstruction, but approved moving the demolition proposal forward without addressing deconstruction.
On December 17th, the demolition proposal approved by the DRAC was presented to City Council. At the DRAC meeting on December 18th, members heard a report from the Council hearing and learned that a second hearing would take place later in January. Members also received updates from City staff on several projects, including BDS’s customer survey, the Citywide Tree Code, and Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP) 7.
DRAC members spent time discussing BDS’s reserve policy, as the bureau’s financial reserves have grown as the economy has improved. BDS finance staff explained the policy and the importance of healthy reserves in safeguarding the bureau’s ability to provide services during economic downturns.
Members then heard a presentation on a proposed energy performance reporting policy from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.
DRAC members also reviewed proposed changes to the demolition proposal, based on feedback from the December City Council hearing. After discussion, DRAC members voted to approve the amended proposal, which will be presented to City Council on February 12th.
Finally, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and BDS Director Paul Scarlett recognized and thanked 3 DRAC members, Jeff Fish, the outgoing Chair and two other DRAC members who had completed two, 3-year terms of service and were stepping down from membership:
- Jeff Fish (Home Builders)
- Steve Heiteen (Home Remodelers)
- Michelle Rudd (Planning & Sustainability Commission)
The next DRAC meeting will be on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Interested in joining the DRAC?
BDS is currently recruiting for positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
- Design Professionals
- Home Builders
- Home Remodelers
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or email@example.com.
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.