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The Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing with all eight Policy Expert Groups (PEGs) kicking off their meetings in the past few weeks. Their work began with orientation sessions, where staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Office of Equity and Human Rights presented an introduction to the Comprehensive Plan Update and how it can forward the Portland Plan’s goal of a prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable Portland.
Portland’s Comprehensive Plan is the long-range plan that helps us prepare for and manage expected population and employment growth, as well as plan for and coordinate major public investments. It provides direction for City decision-making on land use, transportation, parks, sewer and water systems, and natural resource management programs.
After a thorough review process, BPS selected more than 150 members for the eight PEGs to represent both the community and public agencies, as well as specific skills and expertise that relate to each PEG topic (Community Involvement, Education and Youth Success, Economic Development, Residential Development and Compatibility, Infrastructure Equity, Neighborhood Centers, Networks, Watershed Health and Environment). Over the next year, these working groups will review and provide comments to City staff on proposed policy recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan Update. All PEG members have made a significant volunteer commitment to work together over the next year to explore issues, advise staff and integrate Portlanders’ input into the plan. Learn more about each PEG, and view a list of members, proposed topics, meeting notes, agendas and staff contact information on the Policy Expert Groups page .
In tandem with the launch of a new BPS web presence at www.portlandoregon.gov/bps, the Comprehensive Plan Update unveiled its robust new website with a project overview, lots of content for each PEG, news and updates, and an extensive library of documents. The public can easily see when each PEG is meeting and what is on the agenda on the meetings and events calendar. Many of the PEGs have scheduled their meetings out for several months, so it’s easy to plan ahead. The public is invited to attend any of the PEG meetings, and time is held at the end of each meeting for public comment.