October 31, 2019
Contact: Douglas Hardy, Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov (503) 823-7816
The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for a
Volunteer to Serve on the Adjustment Committee
The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.
Most development standards in the Portland Zoning Code, such as building height, building setbacks, landscape requirements, etc., may be adjusted through a discretionary Adjustment Review process if approval criteria found in Zoning Code Section 33.805.040 are met. Adjustment Reviews are administrative reviews with the decision made by a Bureau of Development Services land use planner. The decision of the planner can be appealed. If appealed, a hearing is scheduled before the Adjustment Committee. The Adjustment Committee’s sole role is to consider these appeals in a public hearing setting and make a final decision to uphold the planner’s administrative decision, uphold the planner’s administrative decision with modifications, or overturn the planner’s administrative decision.
The Adjustment Committee consists of seven volunteer members, none of whom may hold public elective office. Members serve a four-year term, and are limited to a maximum of two terms. The committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in either urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in either engineering, financing construction, management of buildings, or land development. The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Hearings take place at 2:30 p.m. on the on the first and third Tuesday of each month, but are held only if an appeal has been submitted. All hearings are held at 1900 SW 4th Avenue.
Currently, one position is available within the category of “Public-At-Large.” We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on an open and continuous basis.
Applications should be submitted to the Office of Community & Civic Life (OCCL) with a cover letter or a resume describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience. Anyone interested should contact the Office of Community & Civic Life at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the Civic Life website.
For more information about the Adjustment Committee, contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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