The Design Commission, authorized under Portland City Code 33.710.050, provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historical and architectural heritage. The Design 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.
The Regional Arts and Culture Council member is nominated by the Regional Arts and Culture Council chair and approved by the Mayor. The other members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The term shall be maximum 4 years, limited to a maximum of two full terms.
The Commission powers and dutes include:
- Recommending the establishment, amendment, or removal of a design district to the Planning Commission and City Council, except Historic Districts and Conservation Districts;
- Developing design guidelines for adoption by City Council for all design districts except Historic Districts and Conservation Districts;
- Reviewing major developments within design districts, except those projects involving or located within the following:
- a) Historic Districts;
- b) Conservation Districts;
- c) Historic Landmarks; and
- d) Conservation Landmarks
- Reviewing other land use requests assigned to the Design Commission; and
- Providing advice on design matters to the Hearings Officer, Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, Portland Development Commission, and City Council.
The Commission meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM in conference room 2500A, 2nd floor of 1900 SW 4th Avenue.
- Design Commission – A Guide to the Design Review Process
- Design Commission – A Guide for Presenting Testimony
- Design Commission Agenda
- State of the City Design Report 2018
- State of the City Design Report 2017
- State of the City Design Report 2015
- State of the City Design Report 2014
- State of the City Design Report 2013
- State of the City Design Report 2012
|Current Design Commission Members are:|
|Name||Membership Category||Term Expires|
|Jessica Molinar, Vice Chair||Architect||3/16/2020 [1st full term]|
|Samuel Rodriguez||Public at Large||11/2/2020 [1st term]|
|Don Vallaster||Architect||9/19/2019 [1st full term]|
|Brian McCarter||Landscape Architect||11/20/22 [1st full term]|
|Julie Livingston, Chair||Development Project Manager||5/6/2019 [1st full term]|
|Andrew Clarke||Developer||3/16/2020 [1st full term]|
|Zari Santner||RACC||4/30/2022 [1st full term]|
|Primary Staff to the Design Commission: Tim Heron (503) 823-7726|