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Adjustment Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Always accepting applications.

Staff Liaison: Douglas Hardy,, 503-823-7816

Application and instructions at bottom of webpage

Purpose and Role of the 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.  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.

There is currently a vacancy in one of the Public-at-Large positions.

Total number of advisory seats: 7

Number of seats available: 1

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

Time Commitment

  • Hearings take place at 2:30 pm 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.
  • Members serve a four-year term, and are limited to a maximum of two terms.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are always accepted.


You may request a Word version of the application. Please email the name of the advisory board you are interested in, and your request for a Word version. Please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form, and your resumé if available to

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-7816.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau. (

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, please view their website

Do you have questions or need more information? Email, 503-823-7816