DRAC members spent a significant portion of the September meeting discussing the Mayor’s proposed demolition tax. DRAC members also heard updates from City staff regarding BDS’s Business Continuity Plan, Public Works Permitting, the Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP), and the BDS Equity Roadmap.
City Commissioner Dan Saltzman visited the DRAC and shared his priorities for BDS and his appreciation for the DRAC’s work. DRAC members spent time discussing BDS financial reserves and fees, and heard updates on City projects, including BPS’s Mixed Use Zoning Project and Transportation Systems Plan Amendments.
DRAC Letters to City Council
The DRAC submitted two letters to the City Council in October. The first expressed concerns regarding the Mayor’s Demolition Tax proposal, while the second expressed support for Commissioner Saltzman’s proposal for a study regarding affordable housing development. Both letters can be viewed on the DRAC webpage.
The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Interested in joining the DRAC?
BDS is currently recruiting for three positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
- Home Remodelers
- Land Use Planning Professionals
- Major Facilities Landowners
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts, please visit the DRAC website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/46405. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 10:00 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.