Although City Hall is currently closed to the public, the Planning and Urban Development Department continues to process and review applications.
PLANNING BOARD remote MEETINGS Planning Board meetings will take place remotely using Zoom pursuant to the Remote Meeting Policy adopted by the Planning Board and as authorized under 1 M.R.S. 403-B because of the existence of an emergency or urgent issue that requires this Board to meet by remote methods. For more information, please visit: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/remotePUD
Archived Planning Board meetings are available to view here.
PLANNING BOARD MEMBERS
Maggie Stanley, Chair
Brandon Mazer, Vice Chair
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Your comments will then be read, forwarded onto the Planner and added to the project file.