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BDS Announces Search for Citizens to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission


August 31, 2016

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for Members of the Public to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

August 31, 2016. The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested applicants to fill upcoming vacancies on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.

The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large scale infill and new development proposals in Historic and Conservation Districts. They also review large proposals for alterations to existing Landmarks and to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts, as well as appeals of smaller scale proposals to existing Landmarks and alterations to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts. The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, during normal business hours. Occasionally, meetings may go in to the evening hours; Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing. The average length of the meetings are from four to five hours.

Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed with a maximum of two 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. All members must have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation.

Currently, one position is available and falls within the “Public at Large” category. Another position in another category is due to come available in February 2017, so please apply if interested in other categories. We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. We are requesting that applications be submitted by Monday, September 26, 2016.

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 Historic Landmarks Commission you may contact BDS Senior City Planner Hillary Adam with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-3581, or

Interested members of the public 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

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