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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

March 2015DRAC Members
At the March DRAC meeting, Jennifer Marsicek was introduced as a new DRAC member, filling the vacant Design Professionals position. Jennifer has many years of experience in the architectural field and as a community volunteer.

DRAC members spent considerable time discussing the proposed update to Parks Bureau’s Systems Development Charges (SDC) fees. Later in March, DRAC members sent a letter to City Council asking that the proposed changes be delayed pending further review of the methodology and impacts.

Members also heard a presentation from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s (BPS’s) Barry Manning, who provided information on the Mixed Use Zones Project. Nancy Thorington of BDS’s Code and Policy Team provided another item for review and discussion; a draft of the self-certification form regarding asbestos and lead-based paint for use by demolition contractors.. 

April 2015
Justin Wood was introduced as a new DRAC member, filling the vacant Home Builders position. Justin has many years of experience as a home builder and has served as an officer for the Oregon and National Home Builders Associations. He has also built homes with Habitat for Humanity and Homes for Our Troops.

DRAC members reviewed and suggested several changes to a draft BDS Business Continuity Plan. They also heard further details on BPS’s Mixed Use Zones Project, reviewed proposed changes to the City’s Seismic Code, and heard an update on Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages (RICAP) 7 and 8.. 

The next DRAC meeting will be on Thursday, May 21, 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:

  • Home Remodelers 

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 the 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.