The Bureau of Development Services and I seek volunteers to serve on two important community advisory groups that make decisions on development applications.
The Adjustment Committee holds public hearings to consider appeals of Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff. Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33). The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours. Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed The terms are a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.
There are currently two vacant Adjustment Committee positions. One must be filled by an individual representing the public at large (not from one of the named professions), the other by a professional representing engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development interests.
The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development in Historic Preservation and Conservation Districts. They also review appeals of smaller scale proposals to existing designated Landmarks, and alterations to existing structures in Historic Preservation and Conservation Districts. The Historic Landmarks Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, during normal business hours. The meetings can last from 2 to 4 hours each time.
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The terms are a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large.
There are currently two vacant positions on the Historic Landmarks Commission, both in the "public at large" category.
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. Applications should be submitted by January 8, 2014.
Applications from underrepresented communities such as people with disabilities, bilingual and/or bicultural individuals, and community/neighborhood advocacy groups are particularly welcome. Appointments are made by Council, with recommendations from the Commissioner in Charge (me!) and my staff.
We hope to have the positions filled in January 2014, with a potential start date at the end of January 2014 for the Historic Landmarks Commission, and February 2014 for the Adjustment Committee. For more information about the Adjustment Committee, please contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov.
For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, please contact Tim Heron with the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or Tim.Heron@portlandoregon.gov.
Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the ONI website at www.portlandonline.com/oni.