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Code Change Updates

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What does the current City Code Chapter 3.96 state?
The current City Code Chapter 3.96 “creates a framework by which the people of the City of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs and work to improve the livability and character of their Neighborhoods and the City.”

Although broad in scope, this code served to create a formal link only between the City, Neighborhood Associations, and District Coalitions. Since then our office’s programs and relationship with the public have evolved. The 2016 Office of Neighborhood Involvement audit also highlighted the need to update Bureau practices and City Code to ensure Portlanders have equal access to City’s decision-making process. The ways in which Civic Life connects and works with Portlanders have evolved, so must the ways we represent ourselves to our constituents and partners.

How is a City Code different than Charter?
City Charter is the constitution of a City government. City Codes are the governing laws written in the City Charter. Charter can only be changed by the vote of the people and City Code is changed by ordinance passed by the City Council.

Identifying our partners

  • Committee Facilitator: Robin Teater Executive Director of Healthy Democracy. Robin will facilitate Committee 3.96 meetings.

  • Community engagement and feedback: Joy Alise Davis, M.A. founder of Design+Culture Lab.

How can you participate in revising City Code Chapter 3.96?
We recognize that there are multiple ways of engaging with community — from community surveys to conversations in multiple languages in multicultural settings. We offer these options to provide a platform for Portlanders to author their own experiences in ways that suit their comfort levels.

Additional ways to engage will be announced as they are available.

Get started with our first digital engagement opportunity: 

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Take our brief 8 question survey. 





Community conversations in multiple languages coming February 2019

Questions? Contact Sabrina Wilson Code Change Committee Project Manager at

Where we are going:

Code Change Timeline

Updates on Code Change Process

This page offers updates on the code change process.

Committee 3.96 Meeting Information

This page offers information about Committee 3.96 meetings