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BDS Announces Search for Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission


July 1, 2019

Contact: Hillary Adam, (503) 823-3581

The Bureau of Development Services Announces Search for
Volunteers to Serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for anyone interested in filling a current vacancy on the City of Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.
The Historic Landmarks Commission hears proposals for large-scale infill and new development proposals in Historic and Conservation Districts. They also review large proposals for alterations to existing landmarks and to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts, as well as appeals of smaller-scale proposals to existing landmarks and alterations to existing structures in Historic and Conservation Districts. The Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, during normal business hours. Occasionally, meetings may go in to the evening hours; Commissioners are expected to stay for the full hearing.
Commission members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The Commission consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Commission must include a historian with knowledge of local history; an architectural historian; an architect; two members from the following areas: landscape architecture, real estate, construction, community development, urban planning, archeology, law, finance, cultural geography, cultural anthropology, or related disciplines; and two members at-large. All members must have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge of historic preservation.

Currently, one position is available within the category of “Public-At-Large”.  We are looking to have the position filled as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted on an open and continuous basis.

Applications should be submitted to the Office of Community and Civic Life (OCCL) with a cover letter or a resume describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience.

For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, contact Hillary Adam with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-3581, or
Anyone interested should contact the Office of Community and Civic Life at 503-823-4519 for the application form. The form may also be accessed through the Civic Life website.

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