April 3, 2017
“Good citizens are the riches of a city.” - C.E.S. Wood
Community engagement is a key feature of Portland decision-making, and the City Council is committed to meaningful public involvement.
This morning, the Council held a Work Session to discuss proposed reforms to the City’s public involvement practices.
Commissioners Eudaly and Fish have partnered on a package of eight proposed changes and updates, summarized in a handout linked here.
Their recommendations include uniform application forms, disclosures and bylaws, a database of all the City’s boards and commissions, and training for members of all advisory bodies.
On May 3, Council will consider a Resolution directing bureaus and staff to compile information on the approximately 150 existing boards and commissions, including rosters, bylaws, and policies for recruiting and appointing members.
After further community consultation, the goal is to return to Council by Labor Day with an Ordinance containing final recommendations for review and approval.
Thanks to Commissioner Eudaly for her partnership, and to Judy Prosper of the City Attorney’s office for guiding this process and helping to develop the proposal.