Portland, OR Adopts Public Involvement Principles

The City of Portland, Oregon has adopted a number of public involvement principles including: Partnership, Early Involvement, Building Relationships and Community Capacity, Inclusiveness and Equity, Good Quality Process Design and Implementation, Transparency, and Accountability. For more information please see the press release below.

thanks – nick

New report describing public involvement to accompany measures considered at City Council
PORTLANDPortland City Council unanimously adopted principles to guide the City’s public involvement processes on August 4, 2010. The principles are designed to explain what the public can expect from City government. Principles include partnership, early involvement, building relationships and community capacity, inclusiveness and equity, good quality process design and implementation, transparency, and accountability. Mayor Sam Adams commented that the principles would “allow for a higher quality and more consistent level of public outreach.”
Portland City Council also adopted an initiative to create a public involvement report that will be submitted each time a measure is considered at City Council. In addition, City Council agreed to conduct a baseline assessment of public involvement across City bureaus.
Principles were developed by the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC). The PIAC was established by City Council in 2008 to strengthen and institutionalize the City’s commitment to public involvement and assist City bureaus in creating consistent expectations and processes for public involvement activities. The 34-member advisory council includes both community members from a broad diversity of backgrounds as well as City staff members, representing thirteen different City bureaus.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz commented that she is “very pleased with how diligently the PIAC has worked together and that so many bureaus and community members working together exemplifies the principles of citizen involvement we want to carry forward.” Commissioner Dan Saltzman said “I think we’ll be better served as a result of adopting your recommendations, and I certainly pledge continued cooperation and leadership from the bureaus that I oversee.”
The principles were created over the past 14 months based on extensive research, community input and consultation with City bureaus and City Council offices. The PIAC submitted the principles to City Council as a first step in a series of recommendations that are being developed to improve citywide public involvement.
The public involvement principles and accompanying documents can be viewed at: www.portlandonline.com/oni/piac.
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View Public Involvement Principles here.
View City Council resolution to adopt public involvement principles here.
Watch video of City Council’s adoption of public involvement principles here. Click on Item 1106.
For more information, please contact:
Afifa Ahmed-Shafi
Public Involvement Best Practices Program
Office of Neighborhood Involvement, City of Portland


New Orleans City Council Passes Master Plan

The New Orleans City Council approved the Master Plan last week. The Master Plan included a Chapter on a Citizen Participation Program. NOLA CPP has worked with the City Planning Commission and their consultants in the drafting of this Chapter.

City Council passing the Master Plan is good news and helps to show the need and support for a Citizen Participation Program in New Orleans.

For more information on the passage of the Master Plan, please see these articles from The Lens and Nola.com and the Master Plan website.

thank you – nick

Changes at the CPP

There have been a couple of changes at the Citizen Participation Project. Breonne DeDecker has left CPP to go to graduate school in Boston. We thank her for all of her hard work and dedication to the CPP. Breonne will be greatly missed, and we wish her the best.

Nick Kindel is now working for the CPP as the Pilot Projects Coordinator. Nick has volunteered with the CPP since January 2010, and he is excited to be working with the CPP on a more or less full time basis.  Nick is looking forward to be working on the implementation of the CPP Pilot Projects. Nick’s contact information can be found here…