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Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) Happenings

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Do you want to make an impact on development in Portland? Read about joining the Development Review Advisory Committee.

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July 19, 2018 DRAC Meeting

1900 Building

DRAC members heard updates on building permit cancellation and plan disposal, the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Systems Development Charge (SDC) waiver program, and a BDS pilot program to conduct some reinspections remotely by live video.

Members also discussed the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) with City staff. The discussion centered around electronic plan review, responding to checksheets electronically, and the eventual capability for inspectors to view plans electronically in the field.

The rest of the meeting provided an open forum for attendees to discuss trends and issues in development in Portland. Most attendees agreed that development continues at a brisk pace, but the labor shortage in the development industry is becoming more of an issue.

Next DRAC Meeting

The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 8 a.m.

DRAC Member Vacancies

BDS is currently accepting applications for DRAC membership for two positions, representing:

  • Minority Construction Contractors & Development Professionals
  • Citywide Neighborhood Interests

If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at 503-823-1028.

For more information about the DRAC, including meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts, please visit the DRACarea. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in Room 2500 B (2nd floor) of the 1900 Building. 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.