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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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DRAC Happenings

May 2015

DRAC MembersAt the May DRAC meeting, members heard a presentation on the City’s Unreinforced Masonry Seismic Retrofit Project from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director Carmen Merlo, and discussed the potential impacts of the project on building owners and developers. 

Representatives from the City’s various development bureaus gave updates on their proposed fee and SDC changes for fiscal year 2015-16. DRAC members spent considerable time discussing the impacts of increases in development-related fees and the role of the DRAC in regards to fee decisions. 

June 2015

On June 18th, DRAC members discussed Parks SDCs and Indexed Fees and the City’s Growth Scenarios Project, and heard an update on the Accessory Structures Zoning Code changes. 

After continuing the discussion of the role of the DRAC from the previous month’s meeting, DRAC members agreed to devote the entire July DRAC meeting to the topic. The July DRAC meeting will be on Thursday, July 16, 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
  • 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. Its 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.