March 16, 2017 DRAC Meeting
DRAC members discussed several major items at their March meeting:
- BDS Inspection Request Limitations – In order to improve the predictability of inspections scheduling for customers, the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system has started limiting the number of inspections that can be scheduled for any given day.
- Residential Permit Night – In April, BDS reinstated Residential Permit Night, which was suspended in 2009 due to budget and staffing reductions. For more information, see https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/631767.
- Parks Bureau SDC Fees – Parks Bureau staff updated the DRAC on upcoming SDC fee increases for FY 2017-18.
- Government Accountability, Transparency, & Results (GATR) – DRAC members discussed the January 17, 2017 GATR session focused on development fees/regulations and affordable housing. After discussion, members voted to write to the City Council regarding the matter.
DRAC members also heard an update on BDS’s FY 2016-17 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) request.
April 20, 2017 DRAC Meeting
Interim BDS Director Rebecca Esau addressed DRAC members regarding BDS’s change in leadership and her priorities for the bureau. She would like to utilize the DRAC to provide input on possible solutions to identified service level issues, and work collaboratively with BDS and Interagency partners to develop solutions. The DRAC heard fee updates from the bureaus of Water, Environmental Services, Transportation and Urban Forestry (Parks), along with a report from members of the DRAC Fees & Regulations Subcommittee.
After discussion, DRAC members determined that they were not given enough information to make recommendations regarding the bureau fee proposals. They voted to send a letter to City Council regarding this.
DRAC Fees & Regulations Subcommittee
The DRAC Fees & Regulations Subcommittee met on April 17, 2017 and discussed the January GATR (Government Accountability, Transparency, and Results) session on affordable housing and development fees. They also discussed the cumulative effect of fee increases on development.
DRAC Meetings Moving to CH2M Building May – September 2017
Due to remodeling of the regular DRAC meeting room in the 1900 Building, DRAC meetings will move to the CH2M Building, 2020 SW 4th Ave., from May – September 2017. Meetings will be held in the Lincoln Room on the first floor.
The next full DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
For more information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts, please visit the DRAC website: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/DRAC. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. DRAC meetings are open to the public.