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Apply for the Community Involvement Committee

Are you interested in how the City shapes the way Portland grows and changes? Apply to be a member of the City’s new Community Involvement Committee, and be a part of the process.

This committee is a way to help City staff do a better job engaging people meaningfully and transparently in land use planning projects. These projects change the rules that shape the way Portland grows and changes over time, so it’s important that the community is part of the process.

What is the CIC?

  • The Community Involvement Committee (CIC) is a new standing committee that reviews and advises the way that City staff engage with the public in land use and transportation planning. 
  • This is an important part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan Community Involvement Program, supporting the goals and policies of Chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • The CIC will focus initial work on the immediate priorities for community involvement: equity and process transparency.
  • The Committee does not review content of planning projects, only the community involvement in the process.

Committee roles and responsibilities:

Committee membership benefits:

  • Work closely with City staff in designing and evaluating land use planning project processes for community involvement.
  • Make changes in how the public is engaged in land use planning projects.
  • Develop expertise in land use planning issues, tools and processes.
  • Develop relationships with other community members interested in making Portland a better place.
  • Learn how advisory committees operate in the City of Portland.

What might a CIC meeting be like?

CIC members (5 to 12 people) would come to the meeting having already read and thought a little about a specific project. For example, it could be a project that will review and possibly change the zoning rules for a specific area of the city.

Committee members might gather at a City office or another location, depending on what works for the group. There will be one regular staff person from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability who will help with logistics and meeting support. Other staff may attend as necessary.

Members might hear a short presentation from staff about the public involvement plan for the project. Staff would then ask for members’ feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of the plan and ways it could be improved. Members might use the Community Engagement Manual as a resource for questions to staff, refer to Chapter 2 for guidance, or draw from their personal experience and knowledge of communities or community engagement methods.

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Commitment to advocating for and representing all the goals and policies in Chapter 2 of the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Enthusiasm for seeking out and exploring new knowledge and approaches to community involvement in long range/urban planning.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with people of diverse perspectives and experience.
  • Commitment to transparency and equity in community involvement.
  • Engagement with at least one community through formal or informal networks.
  • Commitment to prepare for and attend meetings. The committee will meet at least six times a year. Committee members will be required to attend at least 60 percent of the meetings per year. Members will be expected to review materials in advance of meetings.
  • Commitment to comply with requirements of Public Official Status; that is, follow public records and public meetings law and publicly disclose potential and actual conflicts of interest.

No specific knowledge, experience or education is needed. Training will be provided as needed.

Selection Process:

  • Applications are due by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017.
  • Applications will be reviewed by City staff. Final selections will be appointed by the City Council Commissioner-in-Charge.
  • Orientation and trainings will take place in early 2018 based on members’ schedules.
  • Meetings will begin in early 2018.

Fill out the application online

Download the application (PDF)