UPDATE: For the upcoming 2015 year, the Planning Board will hold their meetings in City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall unless otherwise noted. * The Board meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.
* Dates, times and meeting rooms are subject to change - please refer to
the recent agenda or City calendar for confirmation.
Legal Ad, Agenda and Notices to Neighbors Legal Ads, Agendas and Notices are available prior to each meeting.
An Audio DVD of each Planning Board meeting is available for purchase. Please contact 207-874-8719 for more information.
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.
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.