James Rather

Planning & Urban Development Department
Title: Development Review Services Manager
Phone: 207-874-8699

James J. Rather, AICP, joined the Department of Planning & Urban Development as Development Review Manager in 2019. In this role, he serves as the Department’s primary point of contact for all land use applications, convenes staff within multiple City departments for the review of development proposals, and coordinates the City’s Planning Board meetings. Prior to joining the City of Portland, James served in a variety of capacities within the planning profession, including private consulting, nonprofit housing development, and public sector planning, most recently at the New York City Department of City Planning. He holds a Master of Arts in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.



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