As he gets ready to give up his seat atop Portland City Hall, Mayor Charlie Hales says he plans to loop his successor, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, in on policy discussions with increasing frequency.

In a "Transition Plan" Hales office released to his City Council colleagues, Wheeler, and the press today, Hales laid out a schedule for regular meetings between Wheeler's staff and the mayor's office, along with twice-monthly meetings with Wheeler himself beginning in October.

"As my administration enters its final seven months, we have an ambitious agenda to accomplish—from significantly increasing police staffing, to opening hundreds of homeless shelter beds, to installing solar panels to keep Portland at the forefront of climate action," Hales says in the release.

Hales' office says it briefed Wheeler's team about the plan before releasing it publicly, though we're still waiting to hear whether Wheeler has agreed to it. The mayor said on OPB this afternoon the plan he's proposing is the "most thorough and complete transition that I know of in city history." Hales added he got "a three-page memo and no meetings," from former Mayor Sam Adams when he took office.

There are certainly plenty of reasons for the two to meet up.

Here are some issues that will be key in the next several months:

Homelessness, of course. That would be the case regardless of the two men's stances on the issue, but it's made more pressing because Wheeler has pointedly disagreed with Hales' stance on homeless camping. The mayor unveiled a policy in February that allows camping under certain conditions, and Wheeler's been telling interviewers that he'll do away with it. The mayor's office, meanwhile, has said it's going to go full steam ahead until Hales is out of office.

•Picking a new director for the Portland Development Commission. With the upcoming departure of current Director Patrick Quinton, Hales has said he'll move to hire a replacement before he's out of office. Wheeler, meanwhile, has called on the mayor to put off a decision. Hales' memo says Wheeler will "be invited to participate in some processes that are currently underway, such as the Portland Development Commission executive director hiring process; Portland Police Association collective bargaining agreement; and Superfund cleanup."

•Hales is right to mention police negotiations. The mayor just failed in a bid to get $3 million for better police pay, money that could have opened the door for long-sought changes, like an end to the loathed 48-hour rule. But Hales has made clear he'll keep pressing for money for the Portland Police Bureau, meaning a deal could still be on the table. Wheeler will need to be apprised, since police staffing is likely to loom large in his early administration.

In the memo, Hales also called on Wheeler to do a police ride along, and watch work crews paving city streets. Portland City Council allocated $84,000 to Wheeler in the latest city budget, to help with his transition to office. Hales' memo notes the money is typically for the mayor-elect to rent office space in November and December, "but the Mayor-Elect may use it as his discretion."

Here's the full schedule Hales has laid out.