City Code 3.96 

City Code Chapter 3.96 creates a framework by which the people of the City of Portland may effectively participate in civic affairs and work to improve the livability and character of their Neighborhoods and the City. This Chapter sets out the basis for City recognition of Neighborhood Associations and District Coalition offices. An audit of the bureau highlighted the need to update Bureau practices and City Code to ensure Portlanders have equal access to City decision-making.

Contact City Council: 
Consider writing to Portland City Council regarding your thoughts about the proposed Code Change 3.96
Mayor Wheeler PH: 503-823-4120   
Commissioner Eudaly. PH: 503-823-4682
Commissioner Fish PH: 503-823-3589        Email:
Commissioner Hardesty PH:503-823-4151   Email:
Commissioner Fritz PH:503-823-3008          Email:


The Portland City Auditor submitted a report to City Council on November 2016
COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT: Accountability limited, rules and funding model outdated
"In this audit we found a lack of accountability for how community engagement funds are spent and an outdated City Code and funding model. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement can take immediate action to improve its oversight of grant-funded programs and better plan and prioritize their own work. But ensuring that all Portlanders have equal access to City decision-making and City capacity building grants will require the attention of the full Council."

City Council responded with Resolution 37373 on July 2018
"NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Bureau shall convene a Code Change Committee that will recommend changes to Chapter 3.96 that reflect: a unified set of culturally-responsive practices for engaging a diverse range of community partners; an updated description of the Bureau's responsibilities; and a set of voluntary guidelines that represent best practices for civic engagement. These recommendations shall be presented to Council by July 2019."

Listen to OPB Think Out Loud program (July 18, 2019)
Big Changes for Portland Neighborhood Associations

Watch on YouTube: City Club of Portland Friday Forum (July 12, 2019)
The Changing Landscape of Civic Engagement

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