The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) is the City of Portland’s primary community advisory group regarding development review and the Bureau of Development Services' actions. The DRAC’s members represent groups with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes. Back ten years or so ago, as a community activist I worked with Bonny McKnight and others in the Citywide Land Use group to make sure the DRAC has balanced representation from all stakeholders - neighbors, large-scale developers, small-scale developers, nonprofits, etc.
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.
The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) provides staff support to the DRAC. BDS is currently soliciting applications for two vacant positions on the DRAC representing these stakeholder groups:
- Design Professionals
- Major Facilities Landowners
If you are interested in applying for DRAC membership, please contact Mark Fetters at BDS, at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the DRAC, please visit the DRAC website: http://www.portlandonline.com/bds/index.cfm?c=46405. The DRAC meets the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 2500B (2nd floor) of the 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave. DRAC meetings are open to everyone.