Information on ONI Standards, City Code 3.96
What are the Standards for Neighborhood Associations, District Coalitions, Business Associations and Office of Neighborhood Involvement ? What is City Code 3.96 ?
Since 1974 Portland City Council has set minimum standards to guide Portland's neighborhood system. City Code Title 3.96 is the authorizing language for Portland's neighborhood system and directs the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to develop Standards. The Standards are the regulations for Neighborhood Associations, Business District Associations and District Coalitions to follow in order to be recognized (or acknowledged in the case of Business Associations) by the City's Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Included are minimum standards such as:
Portland City Council adopted an update of Standards for Portland neighborhood system July 13, 2005
The citizen-led committee, Guidelines Review Empowerment and Assessment Taskforce (GREAT) submitted its final draft update of Standards governing Portland’s neighborhood system in the spring of 2005. On July 13, 2005 City Council adopted ordinance #179418 updating "City Code Title 3.96, Office of Neighborhood Involvement ", and resolution #36329 updating the "Standards for Neighborhood Associations, District Coalitions, Business District Associations and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement ."
Where can I find suggested bylaws language and answers to my questions?
Most Neighborhood Associations will need to update their by-laws in order to comply with the new Standards. Key changes that will affect most Neighborhood Association's bylaws are changes to references about grievance procedures and open meetings and public records.
[ONI and the neighborhood coalition directors currently are updating the ONI Neighborhood Association Bylaws Template to better reflect current interpretations of the ONI Standards and the Oregon State Nonprofit Corporation Law (ORS 65) and nonprofit organization best practices. For more information, click here.]
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement and District Coalitions will provide assistance to Associations in this efforts to update bylaws. Click here to find contact info for your District Coalition.
This will include:
We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions document which summarizes what Neighborhood Associations needs to know about the updated Standards.
For more information or questions contact: