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Members of the public encouraged to apply for open position on Historic Landmarks Commission by Dec. 31

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The City of Portland, through the Bureau of Development Services, is seeking applicants for an at-large member of the public to serve a four-year term on the Historic Landmarks Commission. The deadline to apply is Thursday, Dec. 31.
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Purpose and roles of the Historic Landmarks Commission

The Historic Landmarks Commission provides leadership and expertise on maintaining and enhancing Portland's historic and architectural heritage. The Commission identifies and protects buildings and other properties that have historic or cultural significance or special architectural merit. The Commission provides advice on historic preservation matters and coordinates historic preservation programs in the City. The Commission is also actively involved in the development of design guidelines for historic districts.

Activities of the Historic Landmarks Commission include:

  1. Establishing or removing Historic Landmark and Conservation Landmark designations for specific buildings or sites in quasi-judicial reviews;
  2. Recommending the establishment or removal of Historic Landmark and Conservation Landmark designations to the City Council in legislative actions;
  3. Recommending the establishment, amendment, or removal of Historic Districts and Conservation Districts to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and the City Council;
  4. Recommending and developing design guidelines for Historic Districts and Conservation Districts to the City Council;
  5. Reviewing development proposals for Historic Landmarks and Conservation Landmarks and in Historic Districts and Conservation Districts;
  6. Reviewing demolition and relocation requests for certain Historic landmarks and buildings in Historic Districts;
  7. Providing advice on historic preservation matters to the Hearings Officer, Design Commission, Planning and Sustainability Commission, Portland Development Commission, other City commissions and committees, and City Council; and
  8. Initiating and coordinating historic preservation and public outreach programs in the City, including reviewing recommendations for national register status and making recommendations to other governmental agencies regarding historic preservation programs and issues.


To be eligible to serve on the Historic Landmarks Commission, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

The Historic Landmarks 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: 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. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

The City of Portland is actively seeking a Public-At-Large member. The City will also accept applications from individuals in any of the other categories noted above and retain those applications for consideration in future vacancies.

Desired attributes

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government processes
  • You are an advocate for racial equity
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

Terms and time commitment

  • The commission meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at 1900 SW 4th Avenue; however, since March 2020 all meetings are held virtually via Zoom.
  • Members will serve a term of four years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time and arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review are typically sent one week in advance.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please include all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application process

Applications are due on Dec. 31, 2020.

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

Please visit the Community and Civic Life page for a link to the application.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison, Hillary Adam, at or 503-823-8953.

Voluntary and confidential demographic information

The City of Portland 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 law 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 recruitment process or other upcoming advisory body opportunities, please email

For more information

For more information about the Historic Landmarks Commission, please its website.