Most of the November DRAC meeting was focused on discussion of two issues:
- A proposal to amend the City’s Tree Code to address large trees – DRAC members voted to oppose the proposal and ask the City Council to further consider a draft recommendation that had been prepared earlier by the Tree Code Oversight Committee.
- Mayor Hales’ Demolition Tax proposal – DRAC members voted to send a letter to the Mayor and City Council opposing the proposal and recommending further study of the issue.
DRAC members discussed BDS financial reserves and encouraged the bureau to look at its fee structure in the next fiscal year. The DRAC also heard a presentation from Transportation (PBOT) staff on proposed code changes regarding traffic signals, and voted to establish a subcommittee to meet further with PBOT staff on the proposal.
DRAC members reviewed a proposal for amendments to the City Tree Code to address large trees, and voted to write a letter of support for the proposal.
The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2016.
DRAC Membership Update
On January 6, 2016 the City Council approved a handful of DRAC membership changes, including:
- Michael Harrison (OHSU) was appointed as a DRAC member representing Major Facilities Landowners.
- Mitch Powell (The Powell Group) was appointed as a DRAC member representing Home Remodelers.
- Current DRAC member Joe Schneider (Skanska) was appointed to a second 3-year term representing Large Construction Contractors.
- Two current DRAC members changed member categories to better reflect the stakeholder groups they represent:
- Dana Krawczuk (Perkins Coie LLP) moved from Frequent Development Review Customers to Land Use Planning Professionals.
- Rob Humphrey (Faster Permits) moved from Small Businesses to Frequent Development Review Customers.
Interested in joining the DRAC?
BDS is currently recruiting for one position on the DRAC representing Small Businesses. 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.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=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.