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WANTED: Three new members for Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission

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Opportunity for a variety of community members to become the next "city shapers"

Portland’s Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will soon have three openings as commissioners' terms expire. Portlanders are invited to apply to join this influential body of community advisors.

The PSC includes 11 volunteer members with expertise in a range of areas. Their major role is to advise City Council on Portland’s long range goals, policies and programs for land use, planning and sustainability to promote a prosperous, educated, healthy, resilient and equitable future for all Portlanders. The Portland Plan, 2035 Comprehensive Plan, and many other community-shaping efforts have benefitted from their oversight and direction.

It’s not an exaggeration to say their contributions to our city will live on for years to come.

Be the next “city shaper” – or help us find one!

Given the number of open seats (almost one third of the Commission), this is a chance to lead with equity and include more people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, incomes, residences and abilities to move our community closer to the city we aspire to be. 

To complement the existing voices on the Commission, people who have backgrounds in and care about the following are sought:

  • Equity / social justice
  • Climate action / sustainability
  • Business / economic & community development 
  • Zoning code / general land use / traditional long-range planning 
  • Central Eastside / new industry

Application information

This recruitment is open until March 15, 2019. A full description of the position, as well as the application form, is available on the Office of Community & Civic Life website.

This is a big opportunity for the community to move our city forward. There haven't been as many openings on the PSC since it was formed in 2010. New PSC members will be appointed by Mayor Wheeler (and confirmed by City Council).


Interviews with final candidates will likely be determined in early April. Top candidates will meet with the Mayor in late April, followed by City Council appointments in mid-May. Start date for all three newly appointed Commissioners will be June 1, 2019.