Charter Commission September 2022 Update

Portland Charter Commission September 2022 Update

Dear Community Members,

The Charter Commission has been busy making progress in charter review! So, what's happened?

Phase I: Proposed Ballot Measure Regarding the Structure of City Government

On September 6, the proposed ballot measure was certified with the County and assigned measure number 26-228. City staff have been working on creating a series of educational materials to help educate Portlanders on the proposal, be on the lookout.

At the upcoming October 3rd Charter Commission meeting, the city will present its transition plan. 

Phase II: Ongoing Work of the Charter Commission 

Phase II is focused on three areas: (1) climate and environmental justice; (2) bureau and office proposals; and (3) expansion of voting rights. The Commission formed a subcommittee around each focus area. 

Progress Report

The Charter Commission is releasing its first phase II progress report to provide community members with the latest information on the Charter Commission’s ongoing work and to provide community with a general sense of where the Commission is headed.

You can also listen in to our upcoming subcommittee meetings

  • Sept. 13th from 6-7pm Participatory Budgeting Presentation to the Charter Commission
  • Sept. 20th from 6-8pm Climate & Environmental Justice Subcommittee Meeting
  • Sept. 22nd from 6-8pm Expansion of Voting Rights Subcommittee Meeting
  • Sept. 27th from 6-8pm Bureau & Office Proposal Subcommittee Meeting
Community Engagement 

Community Listening Session

On September 15 from 5:30-7:00pm, the Climate & Environmental Justice subcommittee is hosting a virtual community listening session! This listening session will be an opportunity for community members to learn about charter review and join a discussion with Charter Commissioners on what is most important to you around climate and environmental justice. 

Capacity for this event is limited, so please don’t forget to register! If you can’t make the session, don’t forget to take our survey to make your opinions known.

Public Comment

Our next full Charter Commission meeting is on October 3rd  from 6:00 – 8:00 pm where we will be taking verbal public testimony. Don’t forget to sign-up to give verbal testimony here.

If you can’t make it, you can always submit public comments via email to or through our online public comment form.