Public Meetings and Participation
The Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University holds a series of public meetings relating to the Oregon Population Forecast Program each Fall and Spring. Feedback from affected government entities, as well as the general public, is critical to the success of the program.
At the meetings there is a presentation describing the Forecast Program, the procedures and data sources used, and historical population trends for local areas. The meeting provide an opportunity for forecast team members to answer questions about the Forecast Program and for local government staff and members of the community to share information about their regions.
After the fall meetings an invitation to all participants, civic officials and the general public to submit information via a Housing Development and General Information questionnaire is issued.
The next round of meetings will take place in the fall of 2020 and will be remote/virtual presentations. For notice of up-coming meetings you can subscribe to our email list.
Oregon Population Forecast Review and Appeal Process
The review and appeal processes are mandated by the Oregon Administrative Rules.
The 45-day formal review process begins when the Proposed Population forecasts are posted on the forecast program website, March 31, 2020 and ends on May 15, 2020. Within this 45-day period, a member of the public or an affected local government may file objections with PRC.
If you plan to file an objection to a proposed population forecast, please first send an email to Deborah Loftus at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your intent prior to submitting your appeal form and supporting information.
These objections must be filed in writing using this appeal form (.pdf) and must be submitted via US Mail or electronic mail to PRC by no later than 5:00 pm on May 15, 2020.
A valid objection must include data or other information to support the objection. Acceptable data and information may include:
- Corrections or revisions to information that had been previously sent to PRC (e.g., General Demographic Survey, Housing Development Survey).
- New information that was obtained after submitting a completed demographic or housing development survey during the forecast development period.
- Evidence that any of the supporting information used to develop the forecasts is erroneous.
- Other information that PRC determines is relevant.
Please note there are three possible outcomes of the formal review period.
- If PRC does not receive an objection within the 45-day period, the Proposed forecast becomes the basis for the Final forecast.
- If PRC receives an objection within the 45-day period, PRC will review the objection along with its supporting information, and make appropriate changes, if necessary, to the Proposed forecast, which will be reflected in the Final forecast.
- PRC may overrule the objection as a reserved right, and affirm the Proposed forecast, which would then be issued as the Final forecast.