Neighborhood Activism and the Planning Commission

This artist’s rendering shows the proposed Campus Crest student
housing development in the Witham Oaks area of Corvallis, as designed in
2013. (Provided by Campus Crest Development LLC)

Development may change the look and feel of our
neighborhoods, but proposals must first pass muster with the City of Corvallis,
specifically the Corvallis Planning Commission. What exactly is this commission
and what does it do? How can you work with it to achieve better outcomes in your
To explore these questions and get guidance in working with
the commission, plan to attend the Corvallis City Club on April 14th
at Boys & Girls Club. Effective participation in the planning commission process requires an understanding of the commission, its composition, operating requirements and what it can and can’t do. Speakers Julie Hansen and Jennifer Gervais will address
the ongoing needs of neighborhoods and how to “navigate the system” in the best
way possible to meet those needs. Hansen is a member of the Cougar Hill
Neighborhood Organization in northwest Corvallis, and Gervais is the chair of
the Corvallis Planning Commission. 
Hansen has worked with the
commission on two recent issues. She will describe the methods used by her
group to insure the most positive outcomes possible in the process of working
with local government. 
Gervais will address Oregon’s land use
planning process, what issues come to the commission and why, and the
process for citizen participation.
The City Club meets in the Les Schwab Gym at the Boys &
Girls Club, 1112 NW Circle. The meeting will begin at 12 noon, and doors will
open at 11:30. As always, attendance is free. A buffet lunch will be catered by
Kimhoa’s Kitchen. The cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members. To register,
send e-mail to with “City Club April 14” in the
subject line by April 11.

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