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New Community Involvement Program for future planning efforts available for review

Renowned for its great neighborhoods, public transit and urban scale, Portland’s livability didn’t happen by accident. City planners – with the help of community members – created Portland’s first Comprehensive Plan in 1980. Portland’s new 2035 Comp Plan involved even more people in the process. Moving forward, how can we ensure that future planning efforts reflect the needs and desires of Portland’s growing and increasingly diverse population?

Goal 1 of state land use law calls for cities to engage the public when creating and updating land use plans. As part of early implementation efforts for the Comprehensive Plan Update, a new Community Involvement Program is being proposed that will support staff working to achieve the goals and policies laid out in Chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan. In February, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability released a Discussion Draft, offering Portlanders a chance to review and provide feedback to project staff. These comments were considered when creating the Proposed Draft of the Community Involvement Program, which is now available for public review. 

Portlanders are invited to testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) on the Proposed Draft through June 14, 2016.

Read the Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft; then testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission in writing or in person.

Planning and Sustainability Commission Public Hearing

Community Involvement Program Proposed Draft
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500A

Check the PSC Calendar one week prior to the scheduled hearing to confirm the date, time and location. Learn how to testify to the PSC; read Tips for Effective Testimony.

The PSC also invites testimony on this proposal through June 14, 2016, in writing:

  • By Email: Address your comments with “Community Involvement Program Testimony” in the subject line to psc@portlandoregon.gov. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address.
  • By US Mail:
    Attn: Community Involvement Program Testimony
    Planning and Sustainability Commission
    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 7100
    Portland OR, 97201

Why is this important?

Policy 2.16 of the new 2035 Comprehensive Plan directs the City to “Maintain a Community Involvement Program that supports community involvement as an integral and meaningful part of the planning and investment decision-making process.” This program, described in the Proposed Draft, will serve as a framework to carry out these policies, providing structure and guidance for staff and community members to continuously learn, adapt and refine practices for meaningful, inclusive involvement.

This project is an Early Implementation Comprehensive Plan project, implementing part of Chapter 2 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Unlike other Early Implementation projects, which primarily implement regulations through code and map changes, this project outlines a new program inside the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This program includes requirements and activities that are already in place, and integrates new ones required by the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, including a new Community Involvement Committee and a manual to guide staff community involvement activities.

Questions? Contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.