Hello Working Group folks,
Louisa and Kate, your Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Co-chairs here, with a brief update on both the process and product of our policy-writing together.
At our CAC meeting this week we shared notes about our progress writing policies, the challenges we are facing, and a reality check about our timeline for a finished Plan. Together, we decided that we need a course correction that will allow the CAC to get out of our "siloed" topic areas and create stronger, more comprehensive policies.
For the next couple of months we will focus on each of the topic areas one by one in a series of CAC meetings. We will study policy themes, create policies that reinforce each other without being redundant, and research innovative, solution-focused best practices. We also acknowledged that we will identify the "gaps" in our policy work more efficiently and comprehensively by working together as a committee with input from the technical experts, and take time as the CAC to find the info we need.
To do this work, we need to schedule more time with the CAC and technical folks for the immediate future and so
THERE WILL NOT BE A FULL WORKING GROUP MEETING NEXT WEEK ON OCTOBER 24th.
However, if you are interested to come to the CAC meeting (same time, same place), you are very welcome. At this meeting we will focus on policies under the four parks and natural resource goals:
- Ensure that natural areas are healthy, thriving spaces with habitat for native species and provide natural infrastructure.
- Provide neighborhood access to recreational opportunities, parks, and community centers.
- Ensure the Willamette River is a vital and accessible part of the neighborhoods.
- Preserve agricultural land and open spaces within and around our neighborhood boundaries.
Please look for updates from your CAC Goalkeeper as they continue to seek input on policies and stay tuned for newsletters from staff with ways you can get involved. We will be looking to all our neighbors very soon as we keep moving forward together.
Louisa & Kate