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Montgomery Park to Hollywood (MP2H) study – Project Working Group

Montgomery Park to Hollywood Transit and Land Use Development Strategy (MP2H)

Project Working Group (PWG)

Deadline for Applicants: RE-OPENED: March 29, 2020

Staff Liaison: Barry Manning; barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov; 503-823-7965

Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7BNVL2R    (Instructions below)

Purpose and Background

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) are conducting the Montgomery Park to Hollywood Transit and Land Use Development Strategy (MP2H). The city is seeking a diverse group of people to provide advice and guidance to project staff and a consultant team specifically for the NW Portland portion of the MP2H study area.

The MP2H will study opportunities to create an equitable development plan for transit-oriented districts in NW Portland and NE Portland. The study will identify land use and urban design, economic development, and opportunities for community benefits possible with a transit-oriented development scenario, including a potential Portland Streetcar extension. The project will also consider how such opportunities could support the City’s racial equity, climate justice, employment and housing goals. The work is funded in part by a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant.

Note: The PWG is for the NW area only. A different community engagement approach is planned for the Eastside/NE Portland study area, where less detailed outcomes and further planning opportunities are expected as a result of this study.

The project team will assess possibilities in NW Portland for extending the streetcar or other high-quality transit service to Montgomery Park, linking the system to an under-served area of Northwest Portland. Major transit investments are a land use tool that can be used to shape the future growth of the Central City and surrounding areas. The workplan will assess the ability of different transit and land use scenarios to support compact development along the corridor, with an emphasis on identifying tools to help advance equitable development. 

To help support the detailed land use and transportation work planned for the NW Portland area, the project team (city staff and consultants) is assembling a Project Working Group (PWG). This group will act as a “sounding board” for the NW portion of the study. The group will provide guidance and serve as a conduit for information between community organizations and the team.

The PWG will review and inform draft products and the overall public involvement process. The PWG will not vote on proposals and products or make formal recommendations. City staff will integrate feedback from the PWG into project materials and the development of proposals and products as appropriate. All views will be presented to decision-makers at key project milestones and at the conclusion of the project.

The group is expected to meet periodically, from March 2020 to roughly March 2021.  Members should be generally versed in land use, development and transportation matters, and be able to generally provide advice and guidance from the broad perspective, as well as communications to affiliated organizations. 

All PWG meetings will be open to the public and will include opportunities for public comments. PWG members will be expected to abide by the MP2H PWG Charter/Bylaws.

PWG members will be expected to:

  • Attend approximately 6 to 10 PWG meetings and 3 to 5 public events over the course of 12 months, including learning opportunities related to fair housing and equitable land use practices.
  • Review project and meeting materials.
  • 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 PWG.
  • Where applicable, provide regular updates to their individual organizations on the project, project events, and the results of PWG meetings.
  • Help to invite community to, and participate in, project related public events/workshops.
  • Support and abide by an established PWG meeting agreement.

Total number of advisory seats:  Up to 15

Number of seats available: Up to 15

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.  Selection preference will be given to applicants that:

1)      have relationships with the NW Portland study area and with community organizations from the area such as neighborhood and business associations;

2)      own or represent property interests within the study area;

3)      have relationships with transit providers or transit user groups; and

4)      are members or representatives of underrepresented communities in the area, including: renters, low-income populations, industrial workers, and communities of color. 

What We Look For

We want people to share their voice on this committee, including people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved.
  • You are versed in land use, development and transportation matters.
  • You are able to generally provide advice and guidance from a broad perspective, as well as communications to and from affiliated organizations.
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend meetings and participate in the discussions.

Group Composition

The MP2H Project Working Group will be comprised of 10 to 15 people, including individuals with specific interests or expertise and those with a connections to this area, that bring one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Youth and Elder experiences 
  • Immigrant and refugee communities
  • Residents – renters and homeowners
  • Transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists 
  • Public health
  • Disability community             
  • Education and community social services
  • Small business owners
  • Racial and social justice         
  • Environment and sustainability   
  • Labor organizations
  • Land use and transportation planning      
  • Portland Streetcar
  • Property owners
  • Area neighborhood associations     
  • Area business associations                            

The success of the MP2H relies upon receiving broad input from the 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. 

Time Commitment

  • Meetings are expected up to once a month and will take place on weekday evenings in NW or SW Portland. 
  • Members are involved for a duration of about one year – March 2020 to March 2021.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings and review materials that are provided in advance of meetings. 

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Food will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting if needed. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.

 

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on March 29, 2020.

Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7BNVL2R    

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7965.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this 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. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email barry.manning@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-7965.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the project:  https://beta.portland.gov/bps/mp2h