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Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code Effective February 1, 2017

On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 18, 2017

Inclusionary Housing Changes to Zoning Code and Housing Code
Effective February 1, 2017

On December 21, 2016, City Council voted unanimously to amend Portland’s Zoning Code and Housing Code to implement an Inclusionary Housing Program. The following projects are subject to the new requirements:

  • New buildings with 20 or more dwelling units; and
  • Alterations to existing buildings that add 20 or more dwelling units.

The zoning code provides three alternative ways to meet the requirements:

  • Provide the required affordable dwelling units on the site of the project;
  • Provide the required affordable dwelling units off-site; or
  • A fee in lieu of providing the affordable dwelling units must be paid.

The percentage of dwelling units required to be affordable, and the minimum rates of affordability vary. These requirements are found in the zoning code, in chapter 33.245: 
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/article/621866

Effective Date of Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program Requirements
The new Inclusionary Housing (IH) Program requirements go into effect on February 1, 2017. For background information on the new requirements, visit the Inclusionary Housing Program website and for information about the related changes to the zoning code, see the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project website.

Vesting A Project Under Existing Zoning Code Regulations
To learn more about how changes in land use regulations may affect Land Use Review and Building Permit applications please see our Vesting FAQ

Minimum Submittal Requirements

  • Commercial Building Permit Application Submittal Requirements. For information on minimum submittal requirements and fees for commercial building permits please visit our Commercial New Construction and Additions webpage or contact our Permitting Services Section by visiting the Development Services Center (hours of operation) or calling 503-823-7357 (calls returned in one-to-two business days).

  • Land Use Review Application Submittal Requirements. For information on minimum submittal requirements and fees for land use review applications please contact our Planning and Zoning Section by visiting the Development Services Center (hours of operation) or calling 503-823-7526 (calls returned in one-to-two business days). 

We encourage Land Use Review and Building Permit applicants interested in vesting projects under current Zoning Code requirements to contact us with questions and submit applications as soon as possible. This will help ensure that minimum submittal requirements can be met, the application can be accepted and intake review fees are paid. 

BDS Lunch & Learn on the new Inclusionary Housing Program
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the general public is invited to a Lunch & Learn presentation to hear more information about the program details and what to expect when submitting a building permit for a project that is subject to the new requirements.
 
The Lunch & Learn will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 from noon until 1:00 pm at CH2M Center in the Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor) – 2020 SW 4th Ave. Suite 190, Portland Oregon 97201. See the Lunch & Learn flyer here

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New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
January 13, 2017

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

New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

As part of our ongoing effort to improve public access and the usability of information, we have added our enforcement case type records to the Portland Maps website Advanced Permit Search Function. The Advanced Permit Search Function went live in October 2016 with our building permit records and now allows customized searches of enforcement case records filtered by type, neighborhoods, and date range. Enforcement case records include the following types: construction code (work without permit), dangerous building, disabled vehicles, housing, nuisance, signs, and zoning.

New Online Map Search of Enforcement Cases

Advanced Permit Search Function

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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RESCHEDULED Lunch & Learn on Inclusionary Housing Program

Friday, January 20, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm, Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor), 2020 SW 4th Ave, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97201

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Join the Bureau of Development Services Staff for a FREE Presentation and Discussion on

Rescheduled due to inclement weather

Learn About The City’s New Inclusionary Housing Program Affects Multi-Family Residential Development 

Friday, January 20, 2017 Friday, January 13, 2017 from Noon - 1:00 pm
(Registration is not required)

Bureau of Development Services at CH2M Center
Lincoln Conference Room (1st Floor)
2020 SW 4th Ave, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97201

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Beginning February 1, 2017, buildings with 20 or more residential units will be part of Portland’s Inclusionary Housing Program, making affordable housing units available throughout the city. The program requires a minimum amount of units be affordable to households earning no more than 80% of area median income, with five alternatives for providing affordability, and varying incentives.

Developers and the general public are invited to our Lunch & Learn to hear more information about the program details and what to expect when submitting a building permit for a housing project.

The presentation will address questions such as:

  • Which developments are exempt from the Inclusionary Housing Program?
  • What are my options to meet the program requirements?
  • What incentives apply to help off-set the cost of providing affordable units?
  • Who do I contact with questions about a specific project?
  • How do I figure out what the rents will be for the affordable units?

Portland Housing Bureau and Bureau of Development Services staff will be available to answer questions.

Presented by Dory Van Bockel from the Portland Housing Bureau.

If you have questions about the event, contact: Colleen Poole at 503-823-7889

Para solicitar traducción, por favor llame a 503-823-7300 antes de el 11 de enero.

Download the flyer in PDF format (Printable Version)

Please subscribe to receive other Bureau of Development Services notification. 
 

Portland Bureau of Transportation Road Map for Private Electric Utility Vaults in the ROW

This policy will be going into effect on January 1, 2017.

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CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
December 20, 2016

Portland Bureau of Transportation Road Map for Private Electric Utility Vaults in the ROW

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has been working with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) and PGE to outline a clear road map for review and approval for private electric utility vaults associated with development in the public ROW. Please see the attached letter and supporting process document regarding the procedure, effective dates, and requirements that has been developed. This policy will be going into effect on January 1, 2017.
 
With specific questions regarding the policy, please contact;

  • Kurt Krueger, PE - Development Review Division Manager, 503.823.6964  
    Development Review - Building Plan Review, Early Assistance, Policy Requirements.
     
  • Alex Bejarano, PE - Utilities, Construction & Inspection Division Manager, 503.823.7575
    Utility Review and Permitting, Design Exception Process, Inspection Services.
     
  • David McEldowney, Right of Way Acquisition Supervisor, 503.823.7166
    UVE & Right of Way Lease Program.

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Proposed Changes to Enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rental Requirements

The City of Portland is proposing to change response to violations of Accessory Short Term Rental requirements in an effort to achieve greater compliance with current rules.

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

CUSTOMER & COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION
November 16, 2016

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

Proposed Changes to Enforcement of Accessory Short Term Rental Requirements

In August 2014, the City of Portland adopted amendments to the Portland Zoning Code to allow Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) operations in residences. These rules were focused on a permitting process for applicants that ensured guests were safe during their stay, and included limitations on the operations of the rental in an effort to ensure that properties continue to retain a primarily long-term residential use. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) administers the adopted ASTR permit process and responds to complaints concerning ASTR operations. In order to address low levels of compliance with both obtaining a permit and complying with the terms of an issued permit, the City is proposing a new administrative rule regarding enforcement of ASTR requirements. The proposed rule establishes a citation based enforcement process for violations of ASTR requirements and establishes administrative review and appeal procedures for those violations.

“City Council and staff worked hard to establish a permitting process for short term rentals in order to help property owners join the sharing economy” stated City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who is responsible for BDS. “The low level of compliance and increased complaints concerning ASTR requires us to revisit our approach to how we address ASTR issues.”

“Since adoption of new zoning provisions in August 2014, which provide a legal mechanism to successfully operate these accessory businesses in the City of Portland, we have been patiently waiting for compliance rates to voluntary improve” stated BDS Director Paul L. Scarlett. “A new enforcement approach is necessary to ensure that compliance with the ASTR permit requirements are met, which establish minimum safety standards for overnight guests as well as protects livability by limiting the amount of commercial activity in our neighborhoods.” 
 
BDS has received increased complaints regarding properties operating without the legally required ASTR permit as well as complaints regarding properties with issued ASTR permits. Over the last two years, BDS has processed 656 ASTR permits. A recent City of Portland ASTR monitory report estimates that there are approximately 3,000 properties offering short-term rental listings within Portland, equaling a 22% compliance rate for obtaining the required permit. Other complaints center on allegations that the ASTR operation is renting out more bedrooms than allowed by permit, allowing more than 5 overnight guests, or operating the business without a primary long-term resident at the property. BDS is also receiving complaints of short-term rental operations that have discontinued the operation during a previous enforcement 30-day compliance period and have resumed the illegal operation once the BDS enforcement case has been closed.

The proposed administrative rule is intended to improve compliance with ASTR regulations. Currently, when violations of ASTR regulations occur, property owners are given a 30-day compliance period to cease unpermitted activities or obtain permits for activity. If uncorrected, monthly code enforcement fees may be assessed against the property. Under the proposed administrative rule, property owners will not have a 30-day compliance period, and will be issued citations of $1,000-$5,000 per occurrence. Citations may be issued for each day of continued violation. Citations may be reviewed administratively, and then appealed to the Code Hearings Officer. The Code Hearings Officer may request additional documentation including, but not limited to, bank records, relevant tax records, and information from online platforms as a basis for their decision.

A public hearing on the proposed administrative rule will be held Friday, December 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, 4th floor. Further information regarding the public hearing and the draft administrative rule can be found on the BDS website: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/617908.

Questions or comments? Please contact, Ross Caron, BDS 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.

 

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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.
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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