Applicants sought for Lower SE Rising Area Plan Project Advisory Committee; deadline is March 26

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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 20 positions on the Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan Project Advisory Committee.
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Purpose and background

The Project Advisory Committee will meet a minimum of seven times over an 18-month process leading up to the project’s public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission. The project will assess land use and transportation issues and options, including:

  • Exploring potential land use changes to provide more neighborhood commercial and housing opportunities.
  • Linking affordable housing, economic development, and business stabilization opportunities.
  • Conducting a thorough inventory of community needs for walking, biking, and public transportation in the area.

Committee will advise Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff by:

  • Assisting with development of the Public Involvement Plan.
  • Providing input to staff about the project area (Brentwood-Darlington, Lents, Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock) and its existing conditions.
  • Reviewing plans on land use and transportation alternatives.
  • Providing feedback on implementation strategies, including affordable housing, economic development, and business stabilization.

Time commitment

  • Quarterly, or slightly more frequently; meetings will take place on weekday evenings on Zoom.
  • The anticipated time commitment per meeting is approximately 5 hours.
    • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time and will be provided meeting materials for review.
  • Members are involved for a duration of the project leading up to the public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission.
  • The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability can provide interpreters who will interpret the conversation in your language during the meeting.

We remove barriers

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

Who can join

To be eligible for the Project Advisory Committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work, or do business in the City of Portland. Applicants demonstrating connection to the project area will be given priority. Project area includes SE Cesar E Chavez east to SE Foster Road/SE 92nd Ave, and SE Holgate St south to the city limits:

SE Cesar E Chavez east to SE Foster Road/SE 92nd Ave, and SE Holgate St south to the city limits

Total number of advisory seats: 20

Number of seats available: 20

What we look for

We want people from every part of Portland to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved.
  • 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 discussions about racial and ethnic communities to those who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

How to apply

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26, 2021.

  1. Submit your application through the online form, or
  2. Complete and return the PDF form:

Applications will be reviewed beginning March 29, 2021.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact Marty Stockton.

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.

Voluntary and 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 this 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


Bill Cunningham

Senior City Planner, Planning and Sustainability