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Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) Happenings

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July 18, 2019 DRAC Meeting 

The DRAC reviewed and discussed various code and policy changes with City staff, including:

  • Community & Civic Life Code change
  • Property Line Adjustment process change
  • Streets 2035 Project
  • State Legislative update

Members also heard an update on the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) and reviewed the Development Hub PDX (DevHub) website. 

Finally, DRAC members finalized their WorkPlan for the next year, including subcommittee work.

August 15, 2019 DRAC Meeting

This meeting was canceled.

September 19, 2019 DRAC Meeting

The DRAC heard updates from its subcommittees and reviewed proposed updates to three manuals:

Members spent significant time discussing BDS’s proposal to extend the 2016 amendments to Title 11 (Trees), which was to be heard by the Planning & Sustainability Commission (PSC) on September 24th.  The DRAC submitted a letter to the PSC prior to the hearing in support of the proposal.

Next DRAC Meeting

The next DRAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2019.

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.