Board of Appeals – 2-position Responsibilities: Assists in the administration of the City’s Zoning ordinance by reviewing decisions of the Building Inspector, approving conditional uses and granting variances. The Board functions in a quasi-judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon applicable state and local zoning laws, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.
Board of Assessment Review –1-position Responsibilities: The Board has power to grant property tax abatements pursuant to state law and to determine the tax exempt status of real and personal property. It functions in a quasi- judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law in accordance with state law, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions. Qualifications: Members need the background necessary to be able to determine the value of real and personal property. Members should be familiar with the several geographical areas of the City, e.g. the waterfront, downtown, Munjoy Hill, Deering, etc.
CDBG Allocation Committee- 4-position The City of Portland receives approximately $2.1 million annually of federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Community Development Block Grant. This group’s task will be to review and score funding applications for the CDBG program, and make recommendations to the City Council for the allocation of CDBG resources. Responsibilities: Thoroughly review and score each funding application based upon identified priorities and agreed upon scoring criteria. As a result of deliberation and scoring, make recommendations for resource allocations to the City Manager and to the City Council, both in writing and in person at a scheduled Council Meeting. Qualifications: The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded and analytical. Background or knowledge of accounting or finance a plus. In order to minimize conflict of interest, no staff, board members, contractors or anyone receiving financial gain from an applicant’s proposal can participate on this committee.
CREATIVE PORTLAND CORPORATION -1- position The Creative Portland Corporation (CPC), established November 2008, is a non-profit organization created to receive donations, grants and contributions in support of the City of Portland’s economic development efforts which enhance and create creative economy business and arts district development and employment opportunities.
Portland Fish Exchange -2-positions The Class A Director shall be either 1) an individual engaged primarily in the business of fishing or harvesting fish, either for their own account, as a partner or employee, and whose vessel is home ported in the State of Maine OR 2) a registered Seller Representative in good standing with the Exchange. No person will be eligible to be appointed as a Class A Director unless he or she has transacted business with the corporation during the 12 months immediately preceding his or her appointment. At least one Class A Director shall either be a resident of the City of Portland or be employed or contracted and, during his or her term remain employed or contracted, by a vessel whose home port is the City of Portland. Portland Fish Exchange A – (Primarily engaged in fishing/harvesting fish)
Portland Fish Exchange B- (Primarily engaged in processing/purchasing fish/fish products)
Historic Preservation –4- position Responsibilities: The Historic Preservation Committee has jurisdiction to review and approve applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, site improvements and new construction affecting Portland’s designated landmarks, buildings and sites within historic districts and historic landscape districts. The Committee also makes recommendations to the Planning Board and City Council concerning amendments to the historic preservation ordinance and the designation of additional landmarks, historic districts, and historic landscape districts. Qualifications: Members shall have demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability, experience, or expertise in restoration, rehabilitation, or neighborhood conservation or revitalization and shall be residents of the City of Portland. Terms: Members are appointed for terms of 3 years and may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Meetings: The Historic Preservation Committee meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:00.
Portland Development Corporation – 1- positions The Portland Development Corporation (PDC) is an eleven member non-profit board. Its members are appointed by the City Council with the exception of two ex-officio positions for the Mayor and City Manager. The PDC generally meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 pm for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Staffing is provided by the Economic Development Department. Responsibilities: Institute economic development programs in Portland to insure compliance with City goals, objectives and requirements. Review underwriting analyses of applications for Portland businesses and developers seeking commercial loans and grants (e.g., business loans, job creation grants, Brownfields loans and grants). Qualifications: Some or all of the following expertise is important: commercial financing, small business operations, commercial real estate, business marketing and an interest or involvement in economic development. Six of the nine appointed board members must be either residents or property owners in the City of Portland or have an ownership interest in a business that has its principal office in Portland.
Landbank Commission -1-position Land Bank Commission is responsible for identifying and protecting open space resources within the City of Portland. The Commission seeks to preserve a balance between development and conservation of open space important for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic or outdoor recreational values. The Commission responsibilities include: working for the acquisition and conservation of open space within the City; recommending to the City Council on a priority basis acquisition or conservation of significant properties; and the pursuit of gifts and funds from private and public sources for the acquisition of open space as approved by the City Council. The Commission has developed an inventory of open space resources within the City. It is engaged in an ongoing effort to proactively protect properties from development through easement, deed restriction, or acquisition.
Additional information is available in the City Clerk’s office, on the City’s website at www.portlandmaine.gov or at 874-8677. Deadline for submission is August 16, 2019. Please send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be contacted for interviews.