Urban Renewal Advisory Committees (URACs) and Policy
The Portland Development Commission (PDC) believes that meaningful, timely, effective public participation is essential to successfully implement PDC policies and projects.
An advisory committee is a tool that PDC uses to involve citizens, urban renewal area (URA) stakeholders and/or project partners more directly in planning, program development and decision making. Committees may be formed for geographic or program areas, or to evaluate proposals for specific projects. Some committees are short lived while others involve substantial time commitments.
An Urban Renewal Advisory Committee (URAC) is one of a variety of public participation tools PDC uses to involve members of the public in its implementation of urban renewal plans.
Currently, PDC has URACs in seven of its urban renewal areas (URAs): Central Eastside, Gateway Regional Center, Interstate Corridor, Lents Town Center, North Macadam, Oregon Convention Center and River District.
The Urban Renewal Advisory Committee (URAC) Policy guides the composition and function of a URAC.
- PDC will convene and manage Urban Renewal Advisory Committees in a consistent manner.
- PDC will respectfully utilize and maximize the volunteer time and effort of individual URAC members.
- PDC recognizes and values the contribution that existing community groups and individuals provide in developing and implementing urban renewal plans.
- URACs serve to broaden public awareness and participation in urban renewal plan implementation.
- URACs are one of a variety of public participation tools for providing public feedback to the PDC Board of Commissioners regarding proposed projects, plans, strategies and programs.
Committees & Meetings
Gateway Regional Center
Lents Town Center
Oregon Convention Center