Stakeholder Advisory Committee
A stakeholder advisory committee is advising staff. It has 15 members. The committee consists of Salem officials and representatives from partner jurisdictions, neighborhood associations, and organizations with which collaboration and coordination is critical to the success of the Our Salem project.
Elected officials: The committee includes two Salem City Councilors appointed by the Mayor, two Salem Planning Commissioners appointed by the Planning Commission President, and one elected official each from Keizer, Marion County, and Polk County. The officials from Keizer and the two counties were selected by their own jurisdiction. We have included them because this project covers Salem's portion of the urban growth boundary, which goes beyond Salem city limits. Changes to the Comprehensive Plan impact the broader area, so coordination is important, and in some cases, required.
Neighborhood associations: Land use chairs from three neighborhood associations are on the committee. The neighborhoods are located in southeast, northeast, and inner portions of Salem. These are areas that are not represented by the two City Councilors on the committee, which generally represent West Salem and South Salem. We selected the neighborhood representatives to try to achieve geographical representation in the city after the Councilors were selected.
Agencies and organizations: The committee includes representatives from several agencies and organizations, including Cherriots, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties, Salem 350, and Enlace Cross Cultural Community Development Project. Most of the representatives were selected by their own organization or agency.
The committee is a non-voting committee. It provides a forum to understand differences and shared values among the participants for mutual gains. The committee is expected to meet twice during the first phase of the Our Salem project. The public will be invited to attend and participate in all committee meetings.
Technical Advisory Committee
A technical advisory committee is also advising staff. The committee has 15 members. The committee includes staff from City of Salem departments, area jurisdictions, and partner agencies.
The committee will provide technical expertise on project deliverables and guidance on work tasks. The committee is responsible for representing and relaying information about the project to their respective City departments, jurisdictions, or agencies. The committee is expected to meet twice during the first phase of the Our Salem project.
We expect to have two public workshops during the first phase of the project. The workshops will focus on the two decision points of the first phase: Choosing indicators and determining the focus of phase two, the visioning phase. The two workshops will be in addition to the meetings of the stakeholder advisory committee, which will be open to the public.
We will also have opportunities for people to provide input online and in-person at other events and meetings of different organizations and associations. Anyone interested in the project can sign up to get project updates via email.
The process is designed to provide the public with the same material and same opportunities as the stakeholder advisory committee. When combined, this information from all parties will be used to formulate a final report and presentation to the City Council at the end of phase one.
A consultant team led by Fregonese Associates is providing technical expertise.