There are 20 positions available, and they are looking for specific perspectives that I believe you all have the unique relationships to whom you can spread the word.
Join an Advisory Body!
Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.
Development Review Advisory Committee – Closes Feb. 26
The Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) advocates for and supports the consistent and fair application and implementation of regulations that affect development proposals, from office towers to kitchen remodels. The committee is actively seeking individuals who have experience with or share the perspectives of seven distinct stakeholder groups relevant to the committee’s work, such as Neighborhood Coalition Land Use Committees and Low-Income Housing Developers. Apply here.
Noise Review Board – Closes March 15
The Noise Review Board works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound-generating activities related to construction, special events, and other issues, and the desire for livable communities. The Noise Review Board has an opening for an acoustics professional beginning April 1. Apply here
Lower SE Advisory Committee – Closes March 5
The City of Portland, through the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and Portland Bureau of Transportation, is seeking interested persons to serve in one of twenty positions, each for an 18-month Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan project, on the Project Advisory Committee. Persons of color and/or with disabilities and experience within the Lower SE area (Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock) are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5th.Apply here.
Transportation Parking Advisory Committee – Closes March 7
The mission of the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee (TPAC) specific to the Central Eastside Industrial District. TPAC serves as a forum for action, program planning, and monitoring of parking and transportation regulations as the district evolves, bringing more balance and focus to multiple modes of transportation within the district.If you have a connection to the Central Eastside Industrial District and care about off-street parking usage, please apply here.
Rethink Portland Police Accountability – March 15
Are you passionate about police reform and accountability? Are you innovative, collaborative and equity-focused? Do you want to have an impact on future policy and practice related to police reform? Does the idea of building something from scratch excite you? Please help us shape the soon-to-be-formed police oversight committee. Last November, an overwhelming 82% of Portland voters supported proposed changes to the City of Portland’s Charter. This is your opportunity to help the City of Portland create rethink police accountability. Apply here.
Parks Levy Oversight Committee – March 11
Portland Parks & Recreation seeks community members for their The Parks Levy Oversight Committee, the levy was passed by voters in November 2020. The Parks Levy Oversight Committee will meet quarterly to review the progress and annual proposed expenditures. This 5-year operating levy will provide crucial funding for the City of Portland’s park and recreation system, including: opening public pools and community centers, centering equity in the delivery of its programs and services, ensuring that cost is no longer a barrier for parks users. You will be provided training and onboarding. Learn more and apply here!
More info? Contact: Ashley Tjaden, Advisory Bodies Management Analyst | Administration
Office of Community & Civic Life
As you may have suspected, the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association General Meeting, scheduled for April 14, is canceled in response to state-wide restrictions against public gatherings during the Coronavirus emergency.
The topics for discussion at the April 14 meeting, while of interest, were not particularly time sensitive, with the exception of a presentation from the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding the scheduled I-5 Interstate Bridge closure this summer. Beginning with that topic, and moving on to the others, the BNA board will do all that it can to assemble and share the pertinent information on that project using digital media, so please do all that YOU can to stay informed.
On the topic of staying connected: As we practice our social distancing, let us not become so isolated that we do lose contact with each other. Please make the effort to check in on your neighbors — Are they healthy? Comfortable and secure? Remember that not everybody has internet access to reach out with or to stay informed. Not everybody has adequate long term savings to weather the coming economic slump without anxiety or worse. We need to support each other. Talk to your neighbor. From six feet away.
posted March 19, 2020