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Planning and Sustainability Commission

Planning and Sustainability Commission

Planning & Sustainability Staff: Sandra Wood | | 503-823-7949

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

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. By holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals, the PSC develops recommendations to share with City Council in hopes of creating a more prosperous, educated, healthy and equitable city.

The PSC is committed to effective public involvement and leadership in its work and in the decisions it considers. Its charge is to act for the benefit of the people of Portland, and commissioners develop recommendations they think will make Portland a better city. They do that by holding public hearings and discussing issues and proposals.

 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 PSC


To be eligible for the Planning and Sustainability Commission, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of Commission seats: 11

Number of seats available: 3 (as of June 1, 2019)

The membership of the Planning and Sustainability Commission includes broad representation of Portland’s community and reflect the dynamic nature of this changing city.

Per City Code:

  • No more than two members of the Planning and Sustainability Commission may be engaged in the same occupation, business, trade, or profession.
  • No more than two members of the Commission may be individuals, or members of any partnership, or officers or employees of any corporation, that engages principally in the buying, selling, leasing, or developing of real estate for profit.

 Terms and Time Commitment

  • Typical time commitment for PSC members typically includes two 3-to-4-hour monthly meetings, reading/preparation time prior to each meeting, as well as possible additional time on sub-committees.
  • Full Commission meetings are generally held the 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the 4th Tuesday of the month beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Members will serve a term of 4 years and may be appointed for a second 4-year term.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 3 days in advance.

Public Official Conduct of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

Application Process

Please complete the application to express your interest in the Planning and Sustainability Commission, and send it to The application information you provide is public information, except the confidential demographic information.


To speak with City staff about this opportunity, please contact Or call Sandra Wood, Principle Planner, at 503-823-7949.

 Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

Learn more about the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and the Planning and Sustainability Commission.