Councilmember Clark left office on April 14, 2015.
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Thank you, NPAC

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Councilmember Mike O’Brien and I are attending the final meeting tonight of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee. This has been a hard-working, sometimes stressed out, outspoken group of neighborhood and community representatives committed to making neighborhood plan update work successful. They’ve met monthly (plus sub-committee meetings) for a year and produced an impressive amount of work. The Council tasked them with helping the city devise exactly how we would update neighborhood plans and how we would work with neighborhoods to figure out the current state of affairs. I was about to type that this wasn’t always easy, but I think it would be more accurate to type that this was NEVER easy. No one has the play book for how to best update neighborhood plans. This group of volunteers rolled up their sleeves and worked out recommendations for how to talk with people about the plan updates, how to think about long-term stewardship, how to move into the next set of neighborhoods for plan updates, and they were never at a loss for how to “critique” city staff’s work as not being community-based enough. (Some were perhaps a bit more savage in those critiques than called for, but we ran that risk when we asked for feedback.) Plan update town meetings, plan updates and neighborhood plan status reports are the better for their involvement.

NPAC is wrapping tonight, but I’m committed to neighborhood planning and the development of the update system being community driven. I look forward to the McGinn team bringing a fresh perspective on community engagement and to ownership of plan updates and implementation. The plans remain the greatest tool for connecting people to each other in neighborhoods and for shaping how our neighborhoods change over time.

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