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The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Design Commission

July 9, 2015. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Design Commission. 

The Design Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in the Central City Plan District and the Gateway Regional Center. The Commission also reviews appeals of smaller scale proposals and alterations to existing structures in design-overlay zones throughout the City. The Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, during normal business hours. Please note: due to the busy development period the City is experiencing, Commission hearings often extend into evening hours, as well as extra hearing dates needing to be scheduled. Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a representative of the Regional Arts and Culture Council, one person representing the public at-large, and five members experienced in either design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development. No more than two members may be appointed from any one of these areas of expertise.
Currently, two positions are available and fall within the “design, engineering, financing, construction or management of buildings, and land development” category. Other positions may also come available in the future, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have both positions filled as soon as possible.
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. 

For more information about the Design Commission you may contact Tim Heron with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7726, or
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