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The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for an Individual to Serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking to fill a vacant position on the City of Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC). The current vacant position represents Small Businesses.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 12, 2017

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for an Individual to Serve on the Development Review Advisory Committee

The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is seeking to fill a vacant position on the City of Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC).  

The DRAC is an advisory body of seventeen members representing a wide variety of stakeholder groups with interest in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review. DRAC members represent groups including (but not limited to) development, planning, construction contracting, public works, design professions, neighborhood interests, business interests, historic preservation, environmental organizations, and institutional properties. The current vacant position represents Small Businesses.  

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.  

The DRAC meets on the third Thursday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Avenue. DRAC members are appointed to serve a 3-year term, with possible re-appointment to a second 3-year term. 

To apply, individuals must complete and submit the City’s Boards & Commissions application form, found on the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/37423. Applications should be directed to Mark Fetters at the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), at mark.fetters@portlandoregon.gov.  

For more information about the DRAC vacancy, please contact Mark Fetters at mark.fetters@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-1028.

Please subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.

 
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Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between October 1st and April 30th, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
September 6, 2017

Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between October 1st and April 30th, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention. Wet weather site and erosion control measures are necessary throughout the City. Additionally, there are area-specific locations in which ground-disturbing work between October 1st and April 30th is either limited or prohibited entirely.

Area-specific Limitations: Ground-disturbing construction work is prohibited between October 1st and April 30th within the Balch Creek and Forest Park Subdistricts of the Northwest Hills Plan District.

Exposed earth is required to be covered and stabilized no later than October 1st. All construction activity which exposes soil to stormwater, including sewer, water and utility trenching, must stop during this seasonal prohibition on ground-disturbing activities. If you have questions, please call the Planning & Zoning section of the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7526.
 
General Requirements: Projects in other areas of the City must comply with Title 10 Erosion Control Regulations. In most cases, construction activity may continue, but wet weather erosion control measures are required between October 1st and April 30th, including logging daily inspections of erosion control measures and providing temporary ground cover on exposed soils and stockpiles. A few additional requirements to note include:

  • All site development, construction, and demolition sites are required to post the Erosion Concerns Hotline signage at a location that is readable from the public-right-of way.
  • You must complete an erosion control inspection log and have it available onsite. 

The rainy season is a great time to brush up on your erosion control knowledge. Take time to review the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and plastic sheeting detail for stockpiles, or download them for quick reference on-site. If your construction team would benefit from erosion control training or a refresher course, check with these or other training providers: 

  • Northwest Environmental Training Center (http://www.nwetc.org)
    • CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
    • Re-CESCL: Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Re-Certification
  • Southwest Washington Contractors Association (http://www.swca.org/)
    • Erosion Control (CESCL) Certification

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds

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The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
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New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search feature.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
August 2, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added a land use case search to the Portland Maps website Advanced Search features. The Advanced Search features went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of land use case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Land use case records include the following categories: Early Assistance, Final Plat, Land Use Review and Public Registry. View the Land Use Case Search Guide.

New Online Map Search of Land Use Cases

Advanced Search

City of Portland staff is available to give presentations to community or business groups on how to use these new tools. If you would like to schedule a demonstration, please contact Ross Caron at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-4268.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
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Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.

BDS Press Release letterhead

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
June 13, 2017

Renters Now Receive Notification of Land Use Proposals

Notifications of land use proposals are required to be mailed to the property owners of surrounding lots. On May 8, 2017, the Bureau of Development Services expanded those notifications to include renters.   

“It is important to us to provide notice to everyone living near a land use proposal, regardless of whether they own their property or are renting. We’re serving the whole community, not just property owners, and it’s important that all neighbors be informed and given the opportunity to comment on land use proposals.” stated Rebecca Esau, Interim Director of BDS.

Sending land use proposal notifications to renters increases their opportunity to participate in the process, and provides advanced notice of proposed changes before construction starts.  
 
Some examples of land use proposals include large projects such as the design of a new downtown building, subdivisions, or the expansion of a school in a residential zone, as well as smaller projects, such as a request to build a house closer to a side property line than the zoning code would normally allow.  

Approximately 800-900 land use applications are processed each year.   

To learn more about land use regulations, or view land use proposals, visit the Bureau’s Zoning/Land Use webpage.
 
Contact Information:
For more information Contact: Ross Caron, Public Information Officer,
at Ross.Caron@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-4268.

To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, visit us online at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译
Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
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BDS Notifications now include Translation and Interpretation Information

In an effort to increase and improve public access to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS), starting on February 1, 2017, notifications for land use review cases, enforcement cases, and residential demolitions include information about how to request language translation or other accommodations.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
May 5, 2017

Contact: Ross Caron, BDS Public Information Officer, (503) 823-4268  

BDS Notifications now include Translation and Interpretation Information

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In an effort to increase and improve public access to information, all BDS land use review, residential demolition and enforcement notifications now include information on how to request language translation, interpretation and other accommodations.

“Everybody who lives or works in the City of Portland is a potential stakeholder of the Bureau of Development Services,” says BDS Interim Director Rebecca Esau. “We want people to know that we are committed to increasing access to our services and that we provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities and language translation for individuals with limited English proficiency.” While these accommodations are mandated by Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act, at BDS there is a commitment to implement equitable service delivery, outreach, and recruitment.

The following “Translation and Interpretation” message is being included in all BDS notifications:

BDS Translation and Interpretation Message

To find Bureau of Development Services documents translated into Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian, as well as the City’s other Safe Harbor languages; please visit our Language translation webpage.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit us at www.portlandoregon.gov/bds and subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. For accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or other services, please call 503-823-7300, the TTY at 503-823-6868 or the Oregon Relay Service: 711.
503-823-7300 Traducción e interpretación | Chuyển Ngữ hoặc Phiên Dịch | 翻译或传译
Письменныйили устный перевод | 翻訳または通訳 | Traducere sau Interpretare
번역 및 통역 | Письмовий або усний переклад | Turjumida ama Fasiraadda
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