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The City of Portland, Oregon

Planning and Sustainability

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

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PSC News: Youth position opening on Planning and Sustainability Commission

About the Planning and Sustainability Commission

Formed in 2010, the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) has specific responsibility for the stewardship, development and maintenance of the City's Comprehensive Plan, Climate Action Plan and Zoning Code.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. 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; they do so by holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals. Their recommendations aim to create a more prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable city. As a group, they have a variety of viewpoints, and together they balance a variety of City goals.

The work of the PSC is to:

  • Advise City Council and City bureaus on social, economic and environmental issues as well as long-range development in Portland; and on the development and maintenance of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and implementation measures.
  • Ensure sustainability principles and practices and equity considerations are integrated into policy, planning and development decisions.
  • Advise City Council, as well as City bureaus and other agencies, on projects and proposals that significantly affect the city.

More information about the Commission is available online.

Youth Position

To continue to increase the diversity of the PSC, one position is filled by a younger community member. We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic about innovative urban solutions, new technologies, community building, sustainability initiatives 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.

Applicants should have a true personal interest and commitment to the work the PSC is responsible for overseeing. The position will have the same duties and responsibilities as all PSC members and is a voting position.

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.

To Apply

Applicants for this position should:

  • Be able to commit 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, by Friday, March 16. Please include a letter of recommendation from a current or recent instructor with your application. The PSC values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in this position to apply.

Applications will be screened and interviewed, and the top candidates will be interviewed prior to the Mayor making a decision and appointment. Applications for those who apply that are not selected will be kept on file for two years for consideration when the position is again open or vacated.