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BPS commissions report on updating the citywide Historic Resource Inventory

Consultant report provides background and actionable recommendations for updating Portland’s 34-year-old HRI

In the early 1980s, the City of Portland advanced an ambitious project to survey thousands of potential historic resources across the city. After four years of professional and volunteer effort, in 1984 approximately 5,000 documented properties were adopted onto the resulting Historic Resource Inventory (HRI), a catalog of Portland’s most important architectural, cultural, and historic places. Listing on the HRI honored the significance of certain historic resources and prioritized them for possible future landmark designation.

At the time of its completion in 1984, the HRI was celebrated as a forward-thinking planning tool that documented the places that were most historically significant to Portlanders at the time. However, with the passing of time the inventory has become less geographically comprehensive and representative of the city’s different communities than it once was. Specifically, the annexation of East Portland (little of which was within the city boundary in the early 1980s), advances in national best practice, and a lack of regular additions to the inventory have diminished the HRI’s utility for research and planning. A newly released report provides the City with direction for how to overcome these shortcomings and expand the HRI in the years ahead.

State policy changes and report recommendations provide framework for future inventory work

In response to requests from the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission to update the HRI, BPS recently engaged in several State policy initiatives to pave the way for future inventory work. Among them, in 2016 the Oregon Supreme Court clarified the role of owner consent in landmark designation, and, in 2017, the Land Conservation and Development Commission amended administrative rules to clarify processes for updating historic resource inventories. In light of these changes, BPS engaged a consultant team to study local, regional, and national best practices in survey and inventory and make recommendations for updating Portland’s HRI.

Photo of the Horsehoe House  Report cover

The 1984 HRI documented 5,000 resources, including this 1890 charmer in the Woodlawn Conservation District. A new report provides recommendations for how the City can advance an update to the HRI in the years ahead.

The consultant team’s report offers 14 distinct recommendations for arriving at a more comprehensive, equitable, and useful citywide inventory of significant historic resources. The report, which is available for download as a PDF, will be presented to the Historic Landmarks Commission on March 12, 2018. BPS staff have begun early implementation of several of the report’s recommendations.

Early implementation of recommendations focuses on digital webmap, social media, zoning code

In 2017, student interns Caity Ewers and Lauren Everett digitized the City’s paper historic resource records, reconciled changes that have occurred since the 1984 survey was conducted, and integrated the resultant data into a historic resources webmap. Following the digitization effort, BPS created the Instagram account @Portland1984 to share stories behind some of the more interesting HRI resources. These efforts improved the utility of the City’s previously-outdated historic resources database and strengthened the foundation for future survey, inventory, and webmap projects.


One of the report’s 14 recommendations is to develop an enhanced database and mapping application for historic resources. A historic resources webmap was developed in 2017 to provide access to existing records while a more functional mapping application is being developed by BPS.

In addition to digitizing existing records, in late 2017 BPS launched the Historic Resources Code Project (HRCP) to improve the City’s inventory, designation, and protection programs for historic resources. Most relevant to Portland’s aging HRI, the project will incorporate recent changes in State administrative rules and codify a process for adopting newly-surveyed properties onto the HRI, changes which are recommended by report authors.

Although BPS has begun implementation of several report recommendations, advancing on-the-ground survey of historic resources will require the City to secure new sources of funding. Towards that end, BPS has applied for a State Historic Preservation Office grant and is requesting that City Council support a one-time budget add package to conduct pilot survey and inventory work in 2018 and 2019.

BPS looks forward to working with the Historic Landmarks Commission, City Council, and the broader community to advance the recommendations provided by report authors to create a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible HRI in the years ahead.

PSC News: March 13, 2018 Meeting Recap

South Portland Addressing — Hearing / Recommendation; Social Equity Investment Strategy and Displacement Risk Analysis — Briefing


  • South Portland Addressing — Hearing / Recommendation
  • Equity Investment Strategy and Displacement Risk Analysis — Briefing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

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Reuse, repair and recycle your old electronics

Everyday gadgets can be reused and recycled at over 40 locations in Portland.

Donate or reuse electronics before you recycle

Portland nonprofit Free Geek wants your usable computers, laptops or tablets. They will refurbish unwanted electronics and donate them to folks who don’t have access to new computers. Free Geek also accepts electronics for recycling, so if you bring electronics that they don’t want, Free Geek can still take them off your hands.

Repair is even better

If your gadget needs a repair, you might be able to fix it with the experts at a local repair café event or at a local repair shop with Portland Repair Finder.

Free statewide program offers recycling options

Oregon E-Cycles provides free recycling of computers (desktops, laptops and tablets), monitors, TVs, printers and peripherals (keyboards and mice). Find a collector in Portland, where there are over 40 locations to drop off up to seven items at a time.

Recycling other electronics, like cell phones, speakers and game consoles

Oregon E-Cycles does not currently provide free recycling of cell phones, speakers, scanners, game consoles or other types of electronics or appliances — however, there are local recycling drop-off facilities that do accept these items. Call Metro’s Find a Recycler hotline (503-234-3000) or use their online search tool. They can tell you the most convenient drop-off locations to your home or workplace.

There are many benefits of doing the right thing with your stuff

Good for the environment: Electronics are made with valuable materials that can be recycled into new products. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.

Good for our health: Electronics contain toxic materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury, and keeping these toxics out of the environment protects our health. According to the U.S. EPA, 40 percent of lead and 70 percent of other toxics found in landfills — including mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants — are from electronics.

Required: Since 2010, Oregonians are prohibited by law from throwing away computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage.

Citywide off-road cycling ideas inspire lots of public feedback

Comments will be considered by project team to create a Proposed Draft Master Plan for City Council.

Thank you, Portlanders, for the many comments received on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan Discussion Draft (ORCMP)!

In the public comment period that closed December 31, 2017, staff received 871 individual comments, including more than 300 via the online interactive map and 500 through the online comment form on the project website.

Key topics of interest included Forest Park, River View Natural Area, the Dog Bowl and off-road cycling in general. Project staff will use this feedback to inform the development of the next draft of the plan (the Proposed Draft).

Next Steps
The Portland Parks Board is reviewing the ORCMP Draft Plan and will take public feedback before providing a recommendation in Spring 2018.

The public may submit in-person testimony on the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan at the Parks Board meeting on April 3, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Congress Center, Room 513 (1001 SW 5th Avenue). Please check the Parks Board website for meeting updates and agenda.

For more information, visit

City Council to hold March 21 public hearing on proposed changes to Titles 11, 18, 32 and 33

Community members can testify on the Code Reconciliation Project in person at the hearing or in writing via email or U.S. Mail.

The 2035 Comprehensive Plan Early Implementation Zoning Code Amendments was adopted by City Council in 2016 and included major changes to the Zoning Code. Council also adopted zoning changes as part of the Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project. Both projects made changes that affect the zoning code and other City titles that reference zoning. The Code Reconciliation Project was created to reconcile differences in these varying codes.

The recently-released Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft includes proposed amendments to Title 33, Planning and Zoning, Title 32, Signs and Related Regulations, Title 18, Noise Control, and Title 11, Trees. These amendments to the zoning code will provide greater consistency with adopted regulations and correct code references. These changes are necessary for proper implementation of land use and development permits and to implement other City codes.

Read the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft

Portlanders are invited to review the Recommended Draft and provide testimony to the Portland City Council at an upcoming public hearing.

Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft
March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

What’s in the Recommended Draft?
Many of the recommended code amendments are technical. References to existing Commercial zones are replaced with the most equivalent new Commercial/Mixed Use zone (C/MU). The changes also incorporate the new Campus Institutional (CI) zones. And they align regulations with Employment and Industrial (E & I) base zone regulations.

Some changes have policy implications or change development allowances because the new zones are not all direct replacements for the current zones. Items with more substantive changes include the following, by title.

Title 33 amendments include the following:

  • Update the adopted C/MU zones to work with new rules in the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Project; implements IH in the new zoning framework.
  • Update Plan Districts to add the IH bonus/offsets or convert existing bonuses to IH approach; apply new E & I zone limits on retail and residential.
  • Apply new setback standards in E & I zones to act as a buffer for interfaces with residential zones and delete the Buffer overlay zone.
  • Amend Conditional Use transportation approval criteria to broaden evaluation factors.
  • Require Self-Service Storage uses in CE zone to be subject to design review; require active uses at the ground floor of Self-Service Storage buildings in some pedestrian and transit-oriented locations.

Title 11 amendments remove references to CS and CM zones that are being phased out. New C/MU zones would be subject to tree code requirements.

Title 18 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing noise regulations. 

Title 32 amendments generally assign the new zones to the existing sign regulations. As new zones are not direct replacements, this may affect sign allowances moving forward. 

How to testify
Testimony on the Code Reconciliation Project – Recommended Draft must be directed to the Portland City Council. You can testify:

In person: March 21, 2018 at 3 p.m., Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave

Via email: with subject line “Code Reconciliation Project Testimony”

By U.S. Mail: Portland City Council, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 130, Portland, OR  97204. Attn: Code Reconciliation Project Testimony

All written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

For more information