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

Development Review Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Open & Continuous

Staff Liaison: Mark Fetters, , 503-823-1028

Leanne Torgerson,, 503-823-7937

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) is a citizen advisory body, authorized under Portland City Code 3.30.030, representing those with interests in the outcome of policies, budgets, regulations, and procedures that affect development review processes.  The purpose of the Committee is to foster a timely, predictable and accountable development review process that implements the City’s goals for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, neighborhood livability and the environment.  The Committee advocates for and supports consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations.  The Committee provides public input into the development review process by:

1.   Providing leadership and expertise on issues affecting development;

2.   Providing feedback to Bureaus, Review Bodies, and City Council on the impact of potential regulations and administrative rules on the development review process, taking into consideration the full range of City goals and objectives;

3.   Providing recommendations for regulatory, code, and administrative rule changes affecting the development review process;

4.   Monitoring the application and enforcement of regulations for their effectiveness in achieving the City’s development goals;

5.   Recommending customer service, permitting, process, and compliance improvements to Bureaus, Review Bodies, and/or City Council;

6.   Serving as an advisory board to Development Review Directors and Bureaus on development review processes and procedures;

7.   Providing input to ensure budgets of development review agencies are adequate to meet service goals and desired system outcomes.

Membership:  The DRAC consists of seventeen members.  The members shall be appointed by the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Bureau of Development Services and confirmed by the City Council.  The members shall be selected to provide representation of those persons concerned about planning, design and development.  The areas of interest of members shall include, but not be limited to, development, planning, construction contracting, public works, design professions, neighborhood interests, business interests, historic preservation, environmental organizations, and institutional properties. Members shall be appointed so that the Committee consists of one member from organizations representing each of the following groups, or if organizations do not exist, an individual advocate for the representative group will be appointed:

1.   Frequent development review customers

2.   Citywide neighborhood interests

3.   Design professionals

4.   Environmental conservation and green building

5.   Historic preservation

6.   Home builders

7.   Home remodelers

8.   Land use planning professions

9.   Large developers

10. Large construction contractors

11. Low-income housing developers

12. Major facilities landowners

13. Minority construction contractors and development professionals

14. Neighborhood Coalition Land Use Committees

15. Small businesses

16. Planning and Sustainability Commission, as designated by the Planning and Sustainability Commission President, and serves as an ex officio member of the Committee.

17. Public works permit customers


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

Total number of advisory seats: 17

Number of seats available: 5, representing these stakeholder groups:

  • Historic Preservation
  • Home Remodelers
  • Land Use Planning Professionals
  • Low-Income Housing Developers
  • Minority Construction Contractors & Development Professionals

Desired Attributes

You believe in the public participation in government process.

You are an advocate for racial equity.

You can work collaboratively with others whose perspectives may differ from yours to reach solutions to issues related to development review.

You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.

Terms & Time Commitment

DRAC meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at 1900 SW 4th Avenue.

Appointment to the Development Review Advisory Committee shall be for a three-year term.  If a position is vacated during a term, it shall be filled for the unexpired term.  Members of the Development Review Advisory Committee shall serve no more than two, complete three-year terms, with no more than 8 years of consecutive service.

Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time.  Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items.  Meeting materials for review are typically sent a few days in advance of meetings.

The DRAC regularly establishes subcommittees focused on particular areas of interest.  Subcommittees establish their own meeting schedules outside of the monthly DRAC meetings.  DRAC members are encouraged to participate on subcommittees of interest, though participation is voluntary.

Application Process

The application process for DRAC membership is open and continuous.

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


To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact DRAC staff liaison Mark Fetters at or 503-823-1028.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic 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 las prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you.  The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law.  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

For more information about the Development Review Advisory Committee, please visit the DRAC website.  To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit the BDS website.

Applications are kept on file for future vacancies.  To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact DRAC staff liaison Mark Fetters at or 503-823-1028.