In May, the Planning and Sustainability Commission voted unanimously to recommend Portland City Council hold a public hearing and vote to adopt the Historic Resources Code Project.
The Project is a package of zoning codes that would amend Portland’s regulations for identifying, designating, protecting and reusing historic resources.
The Commission’s recommendation included 14 amendments to the earlier proposed draft, all of which were informed by testimony submitted in writing and virtually last fall.
The amendments include changes to the district designation process, elimination of demolition protections for most detached accessory structures and expanded flexibility for solar panels, new ADUs and window replacement in residential districts.
The public can view the Recommended Draft, which includes the project staff report, code amendments and summaries of the recommended changes at bit.ly/PDXHRCP.
Public testimony period is open until at least the time of a fall 2021 City Council hearing, tentatively planned for Wednesday, November 3.
Online testimony can be submitted through the city’s MapApp (bit.ly/TestifyHRCP) or directly to project staff.
Verbal testimony will also be accepted at the Fall 2021 meeting. Additional notice will be provided when City Council hearing details have been confirmed.
For inquiries about the code amendments or for a staff presentation, email Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Historic Resources Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.