Property owners in Historic and Conservation districts are concerned about the fees and time involved for Historic Design Review. Fees for small home remodeling projects start at $900, and the design review process can take from 6-8 weeks. Over an 8-month planning process, the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project (HRCIP) will be looking at creative solutions to create a quicker, more user-friendly and predictable review process for home improvements with minor impacts on historic resources, as well as clarifying code definitions and other clean-up measures.
On December 10, the Historic Landmarks Commission weighed in on proposed code amendments in the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Discussion Draft. At the public hearing, the Commission listened to testimony from approximately 15 community members, who shared a variety of comments ranging from general support for the amendment package to concerns about relaxing the review process for historic structures.
The code amendments are now available for review, and community members are invited to attend a public hearing when the Planning and Sustainability Commission considers the proposed changes on Jan. 22, 2013 at 6 p.m. Read the Proposed Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Zoning Code Amendments
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission – Public Hearing
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 6 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 2500A
For more information on the project, visit the project website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/58976 or call Jay Sugnet at 503-823-5869.