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West Portland Town Center Plan Community Advisory Group

Deadline for Applicants: Noon on Monday March 18, 2019Image: BPS logo

BPS Staff Liaison: Joan Frederiksen, 503-823-3111, 

Application here.

Please visit SW Corridor Inclusive Communities Project for more information about this work.



West Portland Town Center Plan Community Advisory Group


To be eligible for the West Portland Town Center Plan Community Advisory Group, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is starting a planning process and is looking for a diverse group of people to provide advice and guidance for City staff and a consultant team.

What is the West Portland Town Center Plan?

Framed by community informed priorities and health equity, the West Portland Town Center Plan will create a long-term vision and action plan for the West Portland Town Center. The work will include analysis and proposals around housing and displacement, improved health and prosperity outcomes for low-income residents, transportation and stormwater improvements, economic development, zoning changes, and urban design.

 Beginning in Spring of 2019, a project Community Advisory Group, agency partners and others will explore the intersection of these issues and work with community to address challenges and opportunities through an 18-month public process. In addition, the City’s public process will coordinate with the regional process underway for future Light Rail Transit (LRT) in the southwest corridor.

Project logo: A cityscape with project name.

 What is the Community Advisory Group (CAG)?

The CAG will be a group of 12 to 16 people representing area and topic stakeholders. CAG members will serve as liaisons between their respective communities or organizations and the City. Throughout the project, the CAG will review and inform draft products and the overall public involvement process. The CAG will not vote on proposals and products. City staff will integrate feedback from the CAG into project materials and the development of proposals and products. All views will be presented to decision-makers at key project milestones and at the conclusion of the project.

The City will endeavor to schedule CAG meetings at times and in locations that are convenient for members, and to provide project and meeting materials in a timely manner in advance of the meetings. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. All CAG meetings welcome the public to attend and will include opportunities for public comments. 

Total number of advisory seats: 12 to 16

Number of seats available: 12 to 16

Volunteer responsibilities and commitment

The Community Advisory Group is expected to meet every other month approximately for 16 months, beginning in April 2019. 

Meetings will be held in the evening at locations accessible by transit in the vicinity of West Portland Town Center and generally on the first Monday of the month. At this time a public event is also being planned for Saturday April 27, 2019.

CAG members will be expected to:

  • Attend approximately 8 to 10 CAG meetings over the course of 18 months and 3 to 5 public events, including learning opportunities related to fair housing and equitable land use practices
  • Review project and meeting materials in advance of meetings
  • Provide feedback on project materials and efforts, including public engagement, staff analysis and draft proposals
  • Communicate project goals, work and related efforts with interested people in the community and share the feedback received
  • Where applicable consult with members of their individual organizations on how to best represent their views, concerns and recommendations at the CAG
  • Where applicable provide regular updates to their individual organizations on the project, project events, and the results of CAG meetings
  • Help to invite community to and participate in project related public events/workshop
  • Support and abide by an established CAG meeting agreement

Group Composition

The West Portland Town Center Plan CAG will be comprised of 12 to 16 people, including individuals with specific interests or expertise and those with a connection to this area, that bring one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Youth and Elder experiences 
  • Immigrant and refugee communitiesImage: People holding "welcome" signs.
  • Residents – renters and homeowners
  • Transit riders
  • Pedestrians and cyclists 
  • Public health
  • Disability community             
  • Education and community social services
  • Small business owner
  • Racial and social justice         
  • Environment and sustainability         
  • Metro’s Southwest Equitable Development Strategy Oversight Committee
  • Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
  • Business/commercial property owners
  • Area neighborhood associations                                 

Staff from other City Bureaus and public agencies will also be regularly invited to provide technical or issue specific information to support the Group’s consideration of project components. 

The success of the West Portland Town Center Plan relies upon receiving broad input from the West Portland Town Center community and other stakeholders. Ideal candidates would represent multiple interests and demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively and productively in a group with diverse interests.  If you or your organization are unable to make this commitment at this time we would welcome other ways for you to be involved and hope you will connect with us in the coming months.

Please visit West Portland Town Center Plan for more information about this work.

 Application Process

Applications are due by Noon on Monday March 18, 2019.

To be considered, please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form. Send the application to


Need the Word version of the application? Email

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-3111.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

CAG members will be considered public officials under state ethics laws and will need to abide by regulations related to disclosing potential conflicts of interest. More information will be provided at the first CAG meeting. Please connect with staff if you have questions prior to submitting your application.

Committee Selection and Appointments

Project staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and representatives from partner Bureaus will review all applications and make recommendations to the director for candidates who represent a variety of roles or interests.

Joe Zehnder, Interim Director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, will review candidates for final selection of committee members. Priority will be given to individuals who bring particular expertise and insight to project-related issues, from organizations that represent important and relevant communities or perspectives, and/or have a proven track record of working effectively and constructively in this kind of group process. Staff will then send out letters to selected members (and those not selected) by March 25, 2019.


Childcare will be available for meetings if requested by a group member at least 14 days/2 weeks prior to the meeting.


The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to City programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact project staff in advance of the CAG meetings. To help ensure availability we ask that you contact us at least one week prior to the meeting date.

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

We Encourage You to Apply

On behalf of the West Portland Town Center Plan team, thank you for your interest.

We welcome you to visit Bureau of Planning and Sustainability online to learn more about our work.

Applications are due by Noon on Monday March 18, 2019. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-3111.

General Questions

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