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Members of Comprehensive Plan Update work group sought

BPS News

Wednesday, March 19, 2012

Community Members Sought for Comprehensive Plan Update Advisory Groups

Project will help implement the Portland Plan


The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is accepting applications through Monday, April 16, 2012, for community members to serve on eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan helps the city prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for the major public investments to accommodate that growth. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs, while ensuring that investments in major city systems are coordinated.

The Comprehensive Plan Update will be informed by and help to implement the Portland Plan, a strategic plan for a prosperous, educated, healthy, equitable city. It will also build upon the citywide vision developed through VisionPDX.

Policy Expert Groups

The primary function of the PEGs is to advise City staff on the development of the Comprehensive Plan Update and related programs. PEG members will work collaboratively with City and agency staff to develop policy recommendations. The PEG membership will be composed of approximately 12 members. An effort will be made for a balanced group of community members and city/agency staff. Each PEG will have a professional facilitator, and meetings will be open to the public.

Policy Expert Groups Charter and Protocols

Members will:

  • Work collaboratively with City staff to develop policy, concept mapping and key parcel-specific mapping recommendations; secondary outcomes may include refinements to the capital improvement project list and implementation tools (e.g., zoning); and

  • Consider and integrate public input as part of their guidance to City staff.

Members of the PEGs will be expected to:

  • Review Comprehensive Plan background materials and analysis to understand the issues to be addressed in the Comprehensive Plan;

  • Attend monthly PEG meetings, beginning May 2012, for a period of one year. PEG members may decide to hold additional meetings or create subcommittees that meet more often;

  • Review and comment on proposed policies, mapping and implementation recommendations; 

  • Attend project community meetings to hear directly from the public; and 

  • Attend Planning and Sustainability Commission work sessions as needed to offer comments on policy, mapping and implementation recommendations.

The PEGs will address major themes from the Portland Plan and tasks required by the state-required Periodic Review Work Program, including the following topic areas:

  1. The Community Involvement Policy Expert Group will consist of members of the Portland Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). This PEG will recommend community involvement policies for the Comprehensive Plan, incorporating best practices and the Public Involvement Principles developed by the PIAC and adopted by City Council in August 2010. (Implementing the Equity framework of the Portland Plan).

  2. The Education and Youth Success Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to educational facilities: how they can accommodate projected growth, flexibly provide multiple functions and serve as intergenerational community anchors. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Thriving Educated Youth strategy of the Portland Plan).

  3. The Economic Development Policy Expert Group will consider policies to foster business success, prosperity and employment land supply and vitality. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Economic Prosperity & Affordability strategy of the Portland Plan).

  4. The Residential Development and Compatibility Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to the design and compatibility of new residential development in areas outside of centers and corridors. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  5. The Neighborhood Centers Policy Expert Group will explore how neighborhood centers and corridors can accommodate new growth, provide necessary commercial and community services, and be designed to enhance the character of their local communities. (Implementing the Equity Framework, Thriving Educated Youth, Economic Prosperity & Affordability, and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  6. The Infrastructure Equity Policy Expert Group will consider infrastructure policies and investment strategies to support equitable public service provision. (Implementing the Equity Framework of the Portland Plan).

  7. The Networks Policy Expert Group will explore the role of public infrastructure networks – including active transportation, green infrastructure and stormwater management systems – in the City’s future growth and land use. (Implementing the Equity Framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

  8. The Watershed Health and Environment Policy Expert Group will consider policies related to water quality, habitat and biodiversity, hydrology, natural hazards, designing with nature and other key topics. (Implementing the Equity framework and Healthy Connected City strategy of the Portland Plan).

Member Qualifications and Skills

Community members who are interested in serving on one of the eight PEGs should have the following qualifications or skills:

  • Professional and/or volunteer experience that corresponds to a specific Policy Expert Group;

  • Experience with policy-making is preferred;

  • Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experience;

  • Ability to commit 4-6 hours every month during business hours, plus preparation for monthly meetings and attendance at community involvement events; and

  • Live, work or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed by BPS, in consultation with the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), and additional public agency staff. The selection committee will work to ensure diversity of members, including but not limited to, field experts, neighborhood groups, business and institutional associations, persons with disabilities, communities of color, and interest groups. Final appointment to the work groups will be made by the Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in April 2012.

To apply to be a member of one of the eight Policy Expert Groups for the Portland Comprehensive Plan Update, please fill out an Interest Form by Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Comprehensive Plan Update Policy Expert Group Interest Form

For more information about the Policy Expert Groups, please contact:

Marty Stockton
Community Outreach and Information
City of Portland, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-823-2041 Fax: 503-823-7800

For more information about Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update, please visit