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Planning and Sustainability Commission: A New Way to Guide Our Work

The City of Portland has proposed a new Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) as a means to ensure sustainability principles and practices are incorporated into policy, planning and development decisions. The PSC will build on the work of the Portland Planning Commission and the Sustainable Development Commission.

Today, Portland may lead the nation in creative planning and sustainability programs and projects, but we know there is much work to be done to keep our leadership position. In response, a year-and-a-half ago, City Council adopted a new approach, bringing together the Bureau

of Planning and the Office of Sustainable Development, creating the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This bureau makes Portland distinct from other cities and helps ensure that sustainability is an integral part of all long-range planning and management of the City.

Similar innovations and synergies can be expected from creating the PSC.By bringing the two commissions together, Portland continues to take an integrated approach to looking at long-range planning through a sustainability-focused lens. In addition to environmental, economic and community sustainability, the PSC will ensure equity awareness is incorporated into planning decisions as well.

In the near-term, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will be tasked with guiding the development and future implementation of the Portland Plan, the City’s 25-year strategic plan, as well as monitoring the implementation of Portland’s Climate Action Plan that Council adopted in 2009.

The new Commission will have 11 members. Many of those positions will likely be filled by existing Planning Commission and Sustainable Development Commission members. Individuals interested in applying for one of the remaining seats will be able to do so beginning on June 21.

Interested applicants should visit  the Office of Neighborhood Involvement website for more details and to fill out an application form.