Land Bank Commission



The Land Bank Commission meets the second Wednesday of the month from 5:00PM - 6:30PM.

The Portland Land Bank Commission will conduct a virtual meeting using emergency legislation approved by LD 2167; 1 M.R.S. §403­A, that authorizes cities and towns to conduct meetings online. This meeting will be conducted remotely using Zoom.

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Current land bank Commissioners

Commissioner District/Rep Term Start  Term End Biography
Pat Baily, Chair At Large 06/15/2015 06/30/2021  
Steve Morgenstein, Vice-Chair   06/19/2017 06/30/2023  
Simon Rucker, Secretary District 1 02/26/2016 06/30/2022 Simon Rucker is the Executive Director of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, whose mission is to protect the land along the A.T. in Maine for public benefit. He is also an East End Community School Garden classroom volunteer, a Walking School Bus walk leader and a volunteer trail maintainer. Simon lives on Munjoy Hill with his wife and two children, all of whom love to get out in Portland's great open spaces.
Baxter Miatke, Treasurer District 3 01/20/2021 06/30/2023 Baxter is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Maine and Vermont. He is an environmental engineer by training and came to work in Maine after earning his master's degree from the University of Vermont. He loves working and playing in the City of Portland, especially in his neck of the Evergreen Cemetery woods, which spurred him to join the Land Bank Commission to help protect spaces like this one across the city. He is pleased to be able to serve on the commission to help protect our magnificent parks and lands for wildlife, ecological, environmental, scenic, and outdoor recreational values.
Andrew Butcher District 2 06/20/2018 06/30/2021  
Kara Wooldrik At Large 06/20/2018 06/30/2021  
Jon Kachmar At Large 06/01/2019 06/30/2022  Jon's background includes directing programs in multiple New England states focused on regional coastal habitat protection and restoration as well as urban conservation strategies focused on brining the benefits of nature to people living in cities. Jon has worked on coastal habitat restoration projects from Long Island, New York to Cape Sable, Nova Scotia including salt marsh restoration, dam removal and river realignment projects. His work has included several opportunities to build programs from inception, and he has extensive experience with facilitating diverse partnerships representing environmental nonprofits and other sectors.

Jennifer Fox At Large 01/23/2020 06/23/2023 Recently retired from owning a Pub on Portland’s waterfront, Jennifer’s career has been in non-profit fundraising and marketing. She holds a Masters’ degree in Management from Antioch University; A Certificate in Mediation from Harvard’s Program on Negotiation; and a BA from Franklin Pierce College. Her environmental background includes serving on Conservation Commissions in Manchester and Newmarket New Hampshire and as the Director of Development for New Hampshire Audubon. She’s an active volunteer with Friends of Casco Bay and she spends as much time as possible on Portland Trails. She understands that open space is a priceless community asset. She and her husband Rick live year ‘round on Great Diamond Island where they provide sustenance for an ever-growing community of backyard birds.

Andrew Zarro, City Councilor District 4 City Council Appointee    

Staff Members

  • Mike Murray, Director of Cemeteries and Project Management
  • Doug Roncarati, Storm Water Program Coordinator, Public Works
  • Michael Goldman, Associate Corporate Counsel
  • Samara Ray, Senior Executive Assistant, Parks, Recreation and Facilities Management

About the Commission

The 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
  • 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.