Bureau of Planning Merges with Office of Sustainable Development - January 12, 2009
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The merger of the Bureau of Planning with the Office of Sustainability has created the new Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which will continue to focus on planning and urban design for the city as well as critical sustainability programs. Mayor Adams believes this new bureau will help to strengthen Portland’s position as a global epicenter of sustainable practices and commerce.


Mayor Adams has expressed strong support for the Portland Plan, but he has requested some changes in approach; specifically, he wants the Portland Plan to include a Strategic Plan/Direction for the city in addition to fulfilling the requirements of a Comprehensive Plan. He is also committed to continuing the expansion of public engagement to include all Portlanders.


Bureau staff have been asked to hold off on interviewing candidates for the Portland Plan Community Involvement Comittee (CIC) while the structure for a more "strategic" Portland Plan is established. That structure may suggest a committee of a different size or approach, but we will still have a CIC.


While these changes result in some delay, we expect to restart the engagement strategy for the Portland Plan toward the end of February. In the meantime, Bureau of Planning staff did provide Council with an update on the Portland Plan in mid-December, and the materials for that update can be found at http://www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan/index.cfm?c=45722.

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