Purpose of the Hearings Officer: The Land Use Hearings Officer performs quasi-judicial reviews of land use applications. This frees the City Council and Planning Commission from a large quasi-judicial case load and allows for prompt decision-making. It also allows review of quasi-judicial applications by a decision-making body with expertise in applying law and policy to specific situations and in meeting legal requirements for considering and processing such reviews. Authority is granted by the Portland Zoning Code.
Appointment: The City Auditor's office appoints The Hearings Officer.
Activities of the Hearings Officer: The Land Use Hearings Officer provides the opportunity for a public hearing when administrative decisions on most Type II land use applications are appealed. The Hearings Officer is the final local decision-making body for these types of procedures. The Hearings Officer will also make the first local decision on most Type III land use applications. In these situations, city staff will make a recommendation of approval, approval with conditions, or denial to the Hearings Officer, who will in turn, through a public hearing process, make the decision. Appeals of Hearings Officer's decisions on Type III applications are heard by the City Council.
Hearings Officer agenda: The agenda is set by the Land Use Hearings Officer and is determined by code-mandated timelines and the number and timing of appeals submitted. View current agendas
When and where hearings before the Land Use Hearings Officer are held? Weekly hearings are regularly scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays in Room 3000, 1900 SW 4th Avenue.
For additional information including Hearings Recordings, view the City of Portland Hearings Office.