Help Plan Portland

There are three open seats on the Portland Planning Commission, a body that’s vital to shaping the future of Portland, and the Mayor is looking for applicants. I’d love to see lots of alternative transportation advocates put their hats in the ring!

Mayor Potter and Planning Director Gil Kelley have announced a search for interested citizens to fill three vacancies on the Portland Planning Commission.

Since 1919, the Portland Planning Commission has advised the City Council on goals and policies to govern growth and development in the city. The current Planning Commission advises City Council on applications of Portland’s policies and statewide planning goals for a healthy, successful community and makes formal recommendations for changes to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Code and Public Facilities Plans.

Commissioners serve 4-year terms and may be reappointed.

Commissioners’ duties can involve approximately 10-15 hours a month, including: attending one afternoon and one evening meeting a month; advising on goals, policies, and procedures related to public projects in planning, transportation, housing, and some tax exemption programs; participating on additional subcommittees and in training sessions; reviewing plans and reports, financial pro forma and detailed Zoning Code language.

Interested citizens should contact the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the application form by telephone at 503-823-4519 or through the ONI website at www.portlandonline.com/oni. Printed forms also may be obtained from the Bureau of Planning (503 823-5772). Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest in the Commission and how their background and experience would contribute to the diversity of the current Commission.

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