On May 2, 2018, the Portland City Council appointed seven volunteer members to the City’s newly established Community Involvement Committee. These “inaugural” members bring a range of perspectives to the table, from academia to community organizing, from different parts of the City, and from long-time residents to new arrivals.
The CIC will help staff plan, evaluate and improve community engagement activities for the City’s comprehensive planning efforts.
These committee members will review and revise the draft Community Engagement Manual and begin reviewing community engagement under the Comprehensive Plan umbrella. There will be a second round of appointments in 2019 to bring the membership of the CIC up to 11 members, with staggered terms.
Meeting the challenge
The new CIC will be working in the context of relatively rapid change in the built environment and pressing social needs, such as increased housing affordability. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is excited to have this new advisory body’s support as we continue to improve our community engagement efforts.