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Community Assistance Planning Program

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Apply for OAPA’s Community Assistance Planning Program

Communities around Oregon face a range of pressing needs – economic development, social equity and affordability, revitalization, resiliency, and consensus building – but not all have the expertise or resources to tackle the issues. Through OAPA’s Community Assistance Planning Program (CAPP), volunteer planners hold one- to two-day workshops to help communities break through planning challenges and come up with practical, implementable recommendations.

The program is designed to bring planning resources and opportunities to communities that would otherwise not have access to these services or planning expertise, and to strengthen the ability of community members to influence or determine decisions that affect their quality of life. CAPP workshops seek to foster community education and civic engagement.

The CAPP is a pro bono program, meaning that the program provides the time of planning experts to a community without compensation. However, the community is expected to cover travel expenses and accommodations (limited funding from OAPA may also be available to help defray travel costs and on-site expenses).

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OPN is an unmoderated listserve sponsored by OAPA and hosted by the University of Oregon. It is  a forum for planners across the state to easily communicate with each other and share information. As an unmoderated listserve, the information should should not be considered official advice from OAPA or University of Oregon (planning, legal, or otherwise).

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