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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

River Community Advisory Committee (RCAC)

Deadline for Applicants: Open & Continuous

Staff Liaisons: Dave Tebeau,, 503-823-4072

Leanne Torgerson,, 503-823-7937

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

Purpose and Background

The City of Portland recognizes the River Community as an important part of the City’s overall vitality and livability, and that Floating Structures by their nature are a “Water Dependent Activity”.  As such, Title 28 was written and adopted in conjunction with the RCAC to promote the public’s health, safety and welfare through the regulation of floating structures and their appurtenances. 

These regulations recognize that waterborne structures, by their very nature, confront different environmental factors than do structures located on land.  Furthermore, it is recognized that waterborne structures have distinctive design requirements such that strict adherence or application of the land-oriented Specialty Codes is not always appropriate and that modifications or exceptions should be made in appropriate circumstances in the application of those codes. This is why the RCAC is a vital component for input in the administration of this Code.

Committee activities include:

  • Providing leadership and expertise on issues affecting floating structures;
  • Providing feedback to the Director on the impact of potential regulations and administrative rules on floating structures, taking into consideration the full range of City goals and objectives;
  • Providing recommendations for regulatory, code, and administrative rule changes affecting floating structures;
  • Monitoring the application and enforcement of regulations for their effectiveness in achieving the City’s goals;
  • Recommending customer service, permitting, process, and compliance improvements to the Director; and,
  • Serving as an advisory board to the Director on processes and procedures under Title 28.

Total number of board seats: 6 

Number of seats available: 3 

Who can join

To be eligible for the board of appeal, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland who represent a variety of floating structures interests.

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

  • The River Community Advisory Committee shall meet at least five times yearly and as otherwise necessary to conduct its business. 
  • Appointment to the River Community Advisory Committee shall be for a 3yr term
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • 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.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

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 open and continuous and will be kept on file.  When we are recruiting the applications will have a specific due date.

To be considered, please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form, and your resumé, if available.  Send the application to


Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee.  We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions.  You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the appeals board staff liaison Dave Tebeau at or 503-823-4072.

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 Floating Structures Board of Appeal please visit the BDS Website.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email  or 503-823-4072.