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The City of Portland, Oregon

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Changes at the Bureau of Environmental Services

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Elisabeth Reese Cadigan

Joe Blanco

On Feb. 1, 2018, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) implemented some changes to the organizational structure related to development permitting.

All BES permitting staff are now housed in one division, managed by Elisabeth Reese Cadigan. Joe Blanco is now the supervisor for the Pollution Prevention Plan Review Team. Joe is also the supervisor for the BES Development Review Team, which includes plan review, DSC/Trades Counter, and private stormwater facility inspection.

BES aims to improve permitting turnaround times for plan review to meet City goals for accelerating housing and economic development, and realize important community benefit opportunities. This is in line with our desired outcomes in the new BES strategic plan around City leadership, including fostering collaboration with other bureaus and leveraging organizational resources to improve citywide business practices and service delivery to achieve City goals.

This reorganization is an opportunity to both improve service levels and provide additional support to the dedicated staff who do this work every day.

Please feel free to reach out to Elisabeth or Joe with any questions.