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Development Review Advisory Committee News and Information

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

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Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) Update on Bicycle Parking Code

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to update the Bicycle Parking requirements (33.266.200) for new development in Portland.

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Important Deadline for Tax Credits on Solar Energy Systems Purchased on or Before Dec. 31, 2017

The Oregon Department of Energy provides residential homeowners with up to a $6,000 tax credit for their 2017 taxes (with credit taken over four years) for the installation of solar energy systems. In order to qualify for this tax credit, individual projects need to have installation completed.

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Portland Parks & Recreation and Transportation Update on SDCs for Residential Additions

Beginning July 1, 2018, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will assess development fees for additions to residential units by the amount of square footage in each structure.

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Do You Have Any Signs? Changes to Zoning Code and Sign Code May Impact You

Changes to the Zoning Code (Title 33) Sign Code (Title 32) to implement the 2035 Comprehensive Plan will take effect at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018. These changes may have important ramifications for you if there are signs on your property or place of business.

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Changes Coming to the DSC on May 14 to Reduce Wait Times

Starting May 14, 2018, BDS staff will be piloting a change to help reduce customer wait times in the Development Services Center (DSC).

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Development Services Center will be Closed the Evening of July 5, 2018

The Development Services Center (DSC) is suspending Residential Permit Night on Thursday, July 5, 2018 due to staffing issues from the Independence Day holiday on July 4.

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Daily List of Pre-Issuance Permit Applications Now Available Online

Are you wondering if your project has made it to the last stage of the permit review process so that you can pay fees, have the permit issued, and begin construction? Now, instead of calling us or visiting Development Services, you can access the list of pre-issuance processing order online.

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Policy for Extensions on Residential Demolition Permits

The following BDS policy is effective October 18, 2018. It outlines the BDS policy for granting extensions on residential demolition permits.

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Updates to Sign Submittal Requirements

In an effort to improve our customer service interactions, ensure successful sign submittals and reduce review times, the following information is being provided to assist our customers.

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Delayed Opening on Dec. 11, 2018

9 a.m. opening due to our Annual Bureau-wide Employee Gathering & Appreciation event

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Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.

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Service Announcement for Cannabis Industry

The City of Portland has a strong interest in encouraging entrepreneurship, supporting small businesses, and promoting the health and success of the cannabis industry.

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Design Commission presents State of the City to City Council

Design Commission Chair Julie Livingston presented the Commission’s annual State of the City report to Portland City Council on October 17, 2018. Five representatives of the development industry testified on behalf of the Commission.

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BDS Surveys Update

From Sept. 13 through Oct. 7, 2018, BDS conducted an online survey of customers through the services of Portland State University’s Survey Research Lab (SRL). The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback about customer experiences with Development Services.

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Bureau of Development Services Budget Update

BDS Managers and Budget and Finance staff are busily working on our fiscal year (FY) 2019-20 Requested Budget and updated 5-Year Financial Plan, both due on Feb. 4, 2019.

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Coming Soon: A More Efficient Plan Review Process

Over the next year, the City is phasing in a new more efficient plan review process for all types of building permits. This new process will establish dedicated windows of uninterrupted time for City staff to perform plan review.

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Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between Oct. 1 and April 30, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention. Wet weather site and erosion control measures are necessary throughout the City.

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POPS Customer Advisory Committee Reconvenes

The Bureau of Development Services staff has been working to implement the Portland Online Permitting System (POPS), a program that will move the City’s paper-based development review process to a more streamlined and efficient online digital system.

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