Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) Happenings

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February 21, 2019 DRAC Meeting 

1900 Building

BDS brought a financial update to the DRAC along with details on its proposal to increase land use fees in FY 2019-20. The DRAC discussed proposed code and policy/process changes that impact development review, including the timing of commercial building and mechanical permit issuance; simple bathroom permits; and BPS’s Residential Infill Project. DRAC members also began a discussion on the role of the DRAC and the establishment of a workplan for 2019 and beyond.

March 21, 2019 DRAC Meeting

The DRAC welcomed its newest member: Sean Green, representing Citywide Neighborhood Interests.  Sean brings a combination of extensive experience with both neighborhood associations and the development process. DRAC members continued their discussions of the timing of commercial building and mechanical permits and the role of the committee, and heard an update on BPS’s Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project.

April 18, 2019 DRAC Meeting

Several of the bureaus (Parks, Environmental Services, Water, and BDS) involved in development review presented information on proposed fee changes for FY 2019-20. DRAC members continued their discussion of the role of the DRAC and the establishment of a workplan.

DRAC Member Vacancies

Three DRAC positions are currently vacant, representing:

  • Historic Preservation
  • Low-Income Housing Developers
  • Minority Construction Contractors & Development Professionals

Applications for DRAC membership are welcome at any time. If you are interested in applying or have questions regarding DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters (503-823-1028).

For more information about DRAC, including meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts, please visit the DRAC area. 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.