Create Planning Capacity for the City of Talent

Remake Talent is working to bring together city staff and professional planners interested in assisting with Oregon’s wildfire disaster relief efforts. A collaboration between the City of Talent’s Office of Community Development, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) and Remake Talent, the goal is to expand much-needed capacity for the recovery at the local level with professional, pro-bono support. While the initial program has taken shape as a series of meetings between the Talent City Planner and OAPA’s Community Assistance Planning Program, we are already expanding this working group to include engaged staff the State of Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), as well as Jackson County’s Emergency Planning Coordinator.

So far, the offerings coming out of the working group range from community involvement to policy development based on code audits to code-ready housing plan libraries. We expect this—combined with our relationship with ESRI—to become a long-term working group, with lasting impacts for the community. A more complete list of the capacities being offered through this working group include:



Short-term/Interim Strategies:
• Code Audits and recommendations
• Micro-community siting/master planning:
    • Temporary/semi-temporary infrastructure
    • Temporary/mid-term housing location/siting
    • Tiny/temporary home design/research, including potential funding opportunities

Long-term Strategies:
• Community outreach for long term recovery/resiliency efforts:
    • Online Forums facilitation
    • Sustainability/Resiliency recommendations through print and online media
• Survey development
• Existing conditions inventory/analysis
• Visioning for community reconstruction
• Neighborhood/town planning for reconstruction
• Resilient community planning
• Key community facilities siting/master planning
• Zoning/code updates for resilient reconstruction