May 19, 2016
At the May DRAC meeting, members discussed a variety of City activities and projects, including:
- The Demolition Delay ordinance passed by City Council on May 4, 2016, regarding “unranked” properties on the Historic Resource Inventory
- Administrative rules for public works permitting
- The Un-Reinforced Masonry (URM) Seismic Retrofit Project
- The Miscellaneous Zoning Amendments Project
- The Private Utility Vault Lease Program
DRAC members also engaged in a lengthy discussion regarding current service and staffing levels at BDS and the other City development bureaus. A Service Levels Subcommittee was created to work with City staff to resolve issues.
June 16, 2016
DRAC members heard updates on the Central City Plan and the abatement of asbestos and lead-based paint in demolitions. They discussed concerns regarding the Construction Excise Tax proposal and potential impacts on the development industry and housing. They also continued the discussion on service and staffing levels at BDS and other development bureaus that began at the May DRAC meeting.
The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016.
Interested in joining the DRAC?
BDS is currently recruiting for two positions on the DRAC, representing:
- Small Businesses
- Environmental Conservation & Green Building
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.