Planning Board

The Planning Board holds their meetings in City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall unless otherwise noted.

The Board meets regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Workshops begin at 4:30 p.m. and Public Hearings at 7:00 p.m.
(Dates, times and meeting rooms are subject to change - please refer to
the recent agenda or City calendar for confirmation)

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.

Public Comments

Please submit public comment, regarding any pending development review project, to

All public comments are included in the review and becomes part of the public record.

Board Members 

Elizabeth Boepple, Chair
Sean Dundon, Vice Chair
Carol Morrissette
David Eaton
Kristien Nichols
Lisa Whited
Maggie Stanley

2017 Meeting Schedule

January 10, 2017
January 17, 2017 (Additional Meeting)
January 24, 2017
February 14, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 14, 2017
March 23, 2017 (Thursday)
March 28, 2017
April 6, 2017 (Thursday)
April 13, 2017 (Thursday)
April 25, 2017
May 9, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 13, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 11, 2017
July 25, 2017
August 8, 2017
August 22,2017
September 12, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 10, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 14, 2017
November 28, 2017
December 12, 2017

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.