Volunteers Needed for the Citywide Tree Code Project Oversight Advisory Committee
In April 2011, City Council adopted The Citywide Tree Regulatory Improvement Project (Tree Code Project) that created a new Title 11 Trees. The Tree Code Project will improve long-standing problems with the existing regulatory system and promote the continued viability of Portland’s urban canopy. Budgetary constraints delayed implementation of the Tree Code Project until January 1, 2015. With funding in the Fiscal Year 2014-2105 budget, City staff are working to create a seamless transition from the current Code to the new regulations.
An important component of this work is the formation of a Tree Code Project Oversight Advisory Committee (Oversight Committee) to monitor and evaluate implementation of the new regulations. The purpose of the Oversight Committee is to:
- Provide community monitoring and review of project implementation;
- Identify problem areas related to project implementation, potentially leading to recommendations for refinement; and
- Work with the Public Outreach Consultant on issues of importance to community members.
Committee members will be asked to:
Provide Development Services (BDS) and Parks (PP&R) staff with input and suggestions during the outreach, education and implementation phases of the Tree Project;
Provide staff with recommendations during the monitoring phase of the Tree Project; and
Work with the Urban Forestry Commission to guide outreach by the Urban Forestry Commission subcommittee.
The Committee will meet monthly during 2015 and will complete its work with a Report to Council early in 2016. It is not expected to be an ongoing standing committee. Meeting time is expected to be 2 hours once per month, with the time and day of the meeting to be determined by Committee members. City staff will provide technical support to the Committee.
The Committee will form in late October 2015 to begin project outreach and education. It will be comprised of seven members: 2 appointed by the Development Review Advisory Committee, 2 appointed by the Urban Forestry Commission, and 3 at large members. You do not need to be an tree expert to apply. Ideal candidates include individuals 1) with experience participating in local government activities, 2) with an ability to work effectively with staff and other interested parties and work towards positive problem solving, and 3) who represent underserved communities including communities of color.
If you are interested in applying for Tree Project Oversight Committee membership, please contact my Senior Policy Analyst, Patti Howard firstname.lastname@example.org using Tree Oversight Committee Membership as the subject of your message. Send a paragraph about your background and why you would like to serve. Applications will be processed when received, so please contact Patti soon. If you have questions, please contact Patti at 503-823-1120.