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Planning and Sustainability

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1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 7100, Portland, OR 97201

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Apply for the Youth Position on the Planning and Sustainability Commission

The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has a vacancy that we are looking to fill with a youth (18-25 years old) member of the community. While PSC terms are usually four years, this youth position is designated as a 2-year term, but it will have voting rights and the same responsibilities and opportunities as other PSC positions.

To continue to increase the diversity of the PSC, we are seeking a youth member of the community who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building and efforts to make Portland a thriving, livable city for all. The PSC reviews numerous long-range planning projects, and a youth perspective is especially important since today’s youth will be those inheriting our efforts. Engaging youth on the PSC provides a new perspective and opinion on issues that will help shape the future of the city.

The PSC has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code. The Commission’s main role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long-range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability. Applicants should have a true personal interest and commitment to the work the PSC is responsible for overseeing. Typical time commitment includes two 3-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees.

Applicants for this position should:

  •  Be able to serve a 2-year term.
  •  Be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the beginning of the term.
  • Understand and support efforts to promote inclusion and equity.
  • Have knowledge of current Portland issues and/or government. (Preferred)

To indicate your interest in serving on the Planning and Sustainability Commission, please complete an application form and return it to the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement at 1120 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland OR 97204. Please include a letter of recommendation from a personal or professional reference with your application. The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by BPS and Mayor's office staff beginning in March 2014. The Mayor will make the final selection and appointment.