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Mayor Ted Wheeler Selects Andrea Durbin As New Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

From the office of Mayor Ted Wheeler

City of Portland 







Contact: Eileen Park, (503) 823-6541

Mayor Wheeler is proud to select Andrea Durbin as the new Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. After a thorough and inclusive Andrea Durbinselection process involving multiple internal and external stakeholders to define imperative experience and attributes, the choice became clear.

“Andrea brings over 20 years of effective environmental policy leadership in Portland and beyond,” says Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Her leadership as the Oregon Environmental Council’s Executive Director resulted in real progress as we fight to combat the realities of climate change. I’m looking forward to seeing all that BPS will accomplish under her leadership.”

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for the City of Portland. We’re at a pivotal point in this city.  As the local economy and population grows, we know our livability, affordability and quality of life are challenged,” says Durbin. “I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Commissioners and the hard-working staff at BPS to help our city realize a healthier, more equitable and resilient community for all Portlanders.” 

Durbin served as the Executive Director of Oregon Environmental Council since 2006. Prior to that, she worked in consulting, which allowed her to advise clients in the financial sector on the development of their environmental and social standards for international lending practices. She also worked as a National Campaign Director for Greenpeace and as International Program Director for Friends of the Earth.

Due to the enormous amount of time and effort that went into this selection, the bureau is getting an ideal and passionate leader, and the City will benefit for years to come. Durbin brings a collaborative and equity-centered approach to BPS, which aligns with the mission and values of the bureau. Her experience in advancing sound and effective environmental policy here in Oregon will be a welcome addition to the City of Portland’s staff as we work collectively to meet the challenges posed by the reality of climate change.

Her first day will be Thursday, April 18.


WANTED: Three new members for Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission

Opportunity for a variety of community members to become the next "city shapers"


Monday, February 25, 2019


Sandra Wood

Julie Ocken

WANTED: Three new members for Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission

Opportunity for a variety of community members to become the next "city shapers"

Portland, ORE. — Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will soon have three openings as commissioners' terms expire. Portlanders are invited to apply to join this influential body of community advisors.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. Their major role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability to promote a prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable future for all Portlanders. The Portland Plan, 2035 Comprehensive Plan, and many other community-shaping efforts have benefitted from their oversight and direction.

It’s not an exaggeration to say their contributions to our city will live on for years to come.

Be the next “city shaper” – or help us find one!

Given the number of open seats (almost one third of the Commission), this is a chance to lead with equity and include more people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, incomes, residences and abilities to move our community closer to the city we aspire to be. 

To complement the existing voices on the Commission, people who have backgrounds in and care about the following are sought:

  • Equity / social justice
  • Climate action / sustainability
  • Business / economic & community development 
  • Zoning code / general land use / traditional long-range planning 
  • Central Eastside / new industry

Application information

This recruitment is open until March 15, 2019. A full description of the position, as well as the application form, is available on the Office of Community & Civic Life website.

This is a big opportunity for the community to move our city forward. There haven't been as many openings on the PSC since it was formed in 2010. New PSC members will be appointed by Mayor Wheeler (and confirmed by City Council).


Interviews with final candidates will likely be determined in early April. Top candidates will meet with the Mayor in late April, followed by City Council appointments in mid-May. Start date for all three newly appointed Commissioners will be June 1, 2019.

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YOU'RE INVITED: Open houses for two City projects address how Portland’s neighborhoods are growing

The Design Overlay Zone Amendments and Historic Resources Code Project honor neighborhood context and ensure quality development.

The quality of building design and the preservation of historic resources matter for a growing city. As we move forward, Portland needs to make room for growth and change – ensuring that new development reflects the needs and aspirations of our ever-changing city – while also protecting community assets that connect us to our history.

That’s why planners at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability are working on two projects that prepare us for the future, while building on our history. At upcoming events in March and April, planning staff will share new ideas from: 

Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) Project

New regulations for design overlay zones are being proposed for commercial areas throughout the city, including Gateway, St Johns, MLK/Alberta, SE Division, 122nd Avenue, Hillsdale, Central City and many other places. Most growth and development will occur in  the city’s centers and corridors – buildings in these places will be bigger and taller – and the diversity of people and level of activity will increase. With attention to design, these changes will result in great places in which people live, work, gather and play.

The DOZA team will share new regulations that affect:

  • The purpose of the Design overlay zone
  • Where the Design overlay zone applies
  • The process used to review projects in the Design overlay zone
  • The tools used to evaluate projects in the Design overlay zone
  • Additional improvement to support clarity and transparency for all stakeholders

Check out the Discussion Draft and give us your feedback!

For more information, visit the project website:

Historic Resource Code Project (HRCP)

For more than 20 years, Portland’s historic buildings and other resources have been protected by designations established by the federal government. Proposed amendments to the zoning code would allow the City of Portland to have more control over what should be protected from demolition and major alterations. The proposals are based on feedback staff received during an earlier concept development phase that resulted in 3,442 unique comments from the public.

Read the staff report and proposed zoning code changes in the Discussion Draft, as well as summary documents

For more information, visit the project website:

Join us at an open house

HRCP / DOZA Open Houses

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR
TriMet Line: #15

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m.
Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR
TriMet: Line #77, Portland Streetcar

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 4 – 7 p.m.
Design Week Portland Open House: PDX Design Zones will shape your city!
Lobby, 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR
TriMet: Lines #1, 8, 9, 12, 17, 35, 36, 54, 56, 43, 44, 94, 99, MAX Green Line and Portland Streetcar

TBD Date/Time/Location
East Portland

Public comments on both DOZA and HRCP are due by April 12.