At the March DRAC meeting, members spent time discussing several topics, including BDS’s FY 2016-17 Requested Budget, changes to the land use process for affordable housing projects; and the possible extension of the SDC waiver for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Members also heard an update on the Central City Plan and reviewed proposed fee changes from the development review bureaus (Water, Transportation, Environmental Services, and Parks).
DRAC members announed new member Mitch Powell, representing Home Remodelers. BDS Director Paul Scarlett announced that the bureau will be reducing most fees (other than Environmental Soils) by 3% for FY 2016-17, beginning on July 1, 2016. Members also heard more detailed proposed fee changes from the development review bureaus. Finally, members heard updates on BES’s Stormwater Management Manual and BDS’s Permit Expiration Program.
The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2016.
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.