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Community members sought for new advisory committee for land use plans

Would you like to help ensure that community members are involved in the way the City plans for change? Want to learn more about long range planning? Care about equitable and transparent public processes? Feel the need to get involved in civic life? Then, read on …

To support City of Portland planners and other staff to do inclusive and thoughtful public engagement efforts, Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan calls for the creation of a volunteer body to oversee the City’s community involvement efforts for long range planning efforts.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is establishing a new advisory committee of community volunteers called the Community Involvement Committee (CIC). And we need a variety of voices and perspectives.

The CIC will review projects that make changes to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map, which set the rules about how people can build on and use their properties. The committee will advise staff on how to do the best possible community engagement for these projects. The CIC will not, however, decide how the rules are changed or what gets built where.

What the CIC will do

Committee members will be able to work closely with planners in designing and evaluating processes for land use planning projects. Members will not only direct changes in community involvement practices in land use but develop expertise in land use planning issues, tools and processes as well. Learn more about the CIC.

The application process for the Community Involvement Committee has been extended with a new deadline of November 20. We are seeking members who demonstrate:

  • Commitment to advocating for and representing 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 planning.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with people of diverse perspectives and experience.
  • Commitment to transparency and equity in community involvement.

Applications will be accepted through 9 a.m. on November 20, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Sara Wright at 503-823-7728 or sara.wright@portlandoregon.gov.

Interested community members can apply here.