Questions about Civic Life’s proposed
elimination of Portland’s neighborhood system?
There has been a lot of talk about "an imminent proposed code change that may have significant impact on neighbors and neighborhoods regarding civic engagement with the city. The Office of Community and Civic Life (a bureau that reports to Commissioner Eudaly) established a committee to review the existing code and inform more inclusive and representative language. The code revision committee met on Thursday, July 18. The committee adopted aspirational language for the inclusion of all Portlanders in the civic engagement process and this portion of the code language is thoughtful and an improvement. However, they also eliminated the Standards for neighborhood associations (public meeting notices, right to speak, public record keeping, voting and decisions) and the neighborhood system as a process by which residents can receive information and provide feedback to the city. They did not identify another route for civic engagement in the code that would provide accountability." (SWNews August 2019 by Sylvia Bogert).
On July 31st SWNI held a summit meeting to discuss the proposed code changes and develop a solutions-oriented position to present to city council and other vested parties. For updates and more information regarding this proposed code change please visit https://swni.org/
We encourage you to speak out and make your voice heard within the community and to our City Council Members.