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Here is a list of active advisory bodies and quasi-judiciary boards. To learn more about an specific body, click on the link of your interest. There you will find descriptions of the body and volunteer position, staff and website contact.
Source: This list includes advisory bodies that staff have submitted to Civic Life for inclusion. If you know of an group that should be listed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to include the advisory body on this list. In 2020, we hope to have an interactive list, updated annually.
reviews adjustment requests to the development standards of Title 33 [Planning and Zoning Regulations].
advises the Bureau of Development Services on emerging, sustainable building technologies.
monitors the investments and impact of the Arts Education & Access Fund.
evaluates and makes recommendations regarding BDS' budget in light of City budget directions, Bureau's budget goals, and the needs of our customers and the community.
reviews and provides feedback on the econometric forecasting models used to project bureau revenues and development activity in Portland.
reviews policies and procedures relating to bureau's mission, and provides advice and counsel to the director and the bureau commissioner-in-charge.
advises on goals for the Broadway Corridor redevelopment project in the River District urban renewal area.
hears appeals of building code issues which are appealed beyond the Administrative Appeals Board.
hears and decides business license, business income tax and transient lodging tax appeals of decisions issued by the Bureau of Licenses.
makes recommendations about local cannabis regulations to the Office of Community & Civic Life.
monitors and advises Independent Police Review, hear appeals, and receive public concerns
recommends policy direction for the bureau and the city council, contribute to the presentation of a budget that is responsive to citizen need, and increase citizen access to the bureau budget process
hears appeals of City actions involving employee discipline, job classifications and examinations.
reviews and advises the City on treatment plant projects to ensure they are implemented in a way that serves the surrounding community.
participates in City Council budget deliberations, advises Council regarding proposed amendments to the budget, and assists the Council in reviewing budget plans against results to date.
new standing committee that reviews and advises the way City staff engage with the public in land use and transportation planning
oversees the implementation and assess the progress of Prosper Portland’s Social Equity Policy.
advises on collective economic development and workforce development priorities.
is a citizen advisory body, representing those with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.
hears appeals where an applicant is aggrieved by the findings of the Director.
provides focused feedback on issues, programs, and policies that relates to procurement and contracting.
plans local federal resources to affirmatively further fair housing and access to opportunity.
advises the City Council on concerns raised by property owners and developers seeking exceptions to the Fire Code.
determines the suitability of alternate materials and construction for floating structures and hear and rule on appeals for floating structures.
advise the Commissioner in Charge and Director of Parks on Golf Program
advises the Commissioner In Charge, the Chief Administrative Officer of the Office Management and Finance, the City Council and the City Treasurer of the City on investment matters.
determines the suitability of alternate materials and types of construction and provides for reasonable interpretations of the provisions of the Mechanical Code.
monitors and advocates for implementation of the City's hazard mitigation action plan.
advocates for public and community interests in the regulation and administration of cable television franchise agreements.
oversees the implementation of the Strategy, including the investment of the $20 million as well as the development of the associated programming and policies.
Mission is to adviseThe City of Portland is recruiting up to 25 individuals representing a broad spectrum of our newcomer and ethnic minority communities; immigrant & refugee service providers; including expertise in res the City on policies and practices
Meets monthly to review major requests for noise variances and recommends Noise Code changes
advises on transportation programs, projects, and parking management in the NW District.
advises the Office of Government Relations on budget decisions.
helps the bureau set priorities for its budget.
provides advice and support to the Portland Bureau of Transportation
determines suitability of alternate plumbing methods and materials.
advises on all maters relating to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation.
approves funding decisions for investments in proven programs throughout the city in early childhood, after school, mentoring, child abuse prevention/intervention, foster care and hunger relief.
a city grant program for clean energy and job training projects
provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and on maintaining and enhancing Portland’s historical and architectural heritage.
advises on matters relating to the multi-modal freight network.
provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage.
advises elected officials on policy pertaining to housing policy, strategy, and resources in the City of Portland.
monitors progress, reviews finances, and holds the City accountable to the community-created plans and values the City have committed to uphold.
seeks to eliminate discrimination and bigotry in the City of Portland.
ensure the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Vision and other PP&R strategic initiatives adopted by the City Council
advocates for the needs of pedestrians.
Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code. By holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals, the PSC develops recommendations to share with City Council in hopes of creating a more prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city.
advises the City Council, on behalf of and for the benefit of the citizens of Portland, on water, sewer, stormwater, and solid waste financial plans and rates.
advises the Bureau on matters relating to the for-hire transportation industry, approves administrative rules, regulates fuel surcharges, recommends approval or denial of company and vehicle permits.
brings together community resources to achieve Portland's vision of a vital economy with healthy neighborhoods and quality jobs for all residents.
seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics, enable Portlanders without wealthy networks to run for and win elected office, and ensure that the City of Portland is reflective of and accountable to all Portlanders.
develops policy proposals to strengthen and institutionalize the City's commitment to public involvement.
serves as the primary public forum for discussion of rental housing law and regulation, and renter-owner programs and services.
advises the Director and/or the Appeals Board in structural matters relative to reasonable interpretation and to alternate materials and methods of construction.
oversees the performance of all parties contracting with the City for towing or dispatching service, and hears and investigates citizen complaints regarding the City's towing contracts.
reviews plans and advises staff on capital development projects concerning the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
mission is to improve Portland's urban forest in terms of overall canopy, forest health and benefits provided by the forest.
provides direction to the City and its partners to guide implementation of the Vision Zero Action Plan.