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Community provides feedback on future city council, draft recommendations coming in June

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Portlanders shared input through future council operations listening sessions and online survey
The draft recommendations will be released in June for a public comment phase that ends in mid-August.
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In March, the Transition Team and Government Transition Advisory Committee (GTAC) hosted community listening session and an online survey about the proposed policymaking process for the future City Council, potential district offices and how the council will operate. Community members were asked these questions: 

  1. What is your experience accessing or contacting city council members?
     
  2. What are some challenges you face when trying to engage in or stay informed about topics you care about most?
     
  3. What are your hopes for how your future city council members improve your district’s outcomes and show up in your district? Consider the balance between time spent at city hall and in your district.
     
  4. What opportunities do you see for how and when public input is received by the future city council including future council committees? 
     
  5. Council committees will be created to focus on specific policy areas or themes. What do you think is the most important thing for council to consider when creating a committee? 

Many Portlanders offered feedback to these questions, and the feedback will inform a set of recommendations for Portland's new elected leadership and city administrator that will help lay the groundwork for a collaborative and responsive council. 

Next steps

Staff will produce a report on the public input received from the listening sessions and online survey— which will be available on April 17— and then, the draft recommendations will be finalized at the end of May. The recommendations will be released in June for a public comment phase that ends in mid-August.

After analysis of the feedback collected this summer, the final set of recommendations will be posted on the Transition website in October 2024.