Although City Hall is currently closed, the Planning and Urban Development Department continues to process and review applications.

Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board meetings have been cancelled temporarily, but we will update the Department’s webpage with new meeting dates and related information as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that in addition to meeting schedules being disrupted at the moment, some of our processes are necessarily altered during this unusual time.  Thank you for your patience!

All site plan, zoning map./text amendments, conditional use, and historic preservation applications can still be applied for through the CSS (Citizen Self Service Portal).

For any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us by 3-mail at

planning board meetings

  • Workshops are typically held at 4:30 p.m. and Public Hearings at 7:00 p.m.
  • City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd Floor
  • The Board meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month
  • Dates, times and meeting rooms are subject to change.  Please refer to the recent agenda or City Calender for confirmation.  
  • 2020 Meeting Schedule
  • Legal Ads, Agendas and Back Up Meeting Material are available prior to each meeting.
  • Abutter Notices are available to view for each item listed on the agenda.
  • Live Planning Board Hearings and archived meetings are available to view. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of archived meetings.

planning board members

  • Brandon Mazer, Chair

  • Maggie Stanley, Vice Chair
  • Marpheen Chann
  • Sean Dundon
  • Bob Dunfey
  • David Silk
  • Austin Smith

About the Board

The Planning Board reviews and decides on all major development proposals in Portland. Through its review, the board implements and ensures consistency with Portland’s Comprehensive Plan.

Development Review Process

The development review process provides a project review framework that is consistent, predictable, and ensures quality development. The size and scope of a development proposal determines the extent of the review process.

As part of the development review process, zoning, drainage, traffic, environmental considerations, and infrastructure improvements are assessed, as well as a proposal’s consistency with the city’s comprehensive plan. Compliance is important for the protection of the public’s health and safety and the general livability of our community.

Public Participation - Public Comments

Over the years, there has been an increase in public participation in the development reviews. This enhancement has led to positive changes in citizen involvement during the Planning Board workshops and review process, as well as an overall improvement in the quality of development proposals.

The changes require the development community to work with the impacted surrounding neighborhoods during the design development phase. Through a series of neighborhood meetings, communication between the groups offers an opportunity for the applicant to hear neighborhood concerns and to address any issues early on through quality design.

Please submit all public comments to Your comments will then be read, forwarded onto the Planner and added to the project file.

For more information, view our Guide to Public Participation in the Planning Board process.