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PSC News: October 10, 2017 Meeting Recap

RW #8301: NW Roosevelt between NW 29th and NW 30th — consent; Haulers’ Franchise Review — briefing; Code Reconciliation Project — briefing


  • NW Roosevelt between NW 29th and NW 30th — consent
  • Haulers’ Franchise Review — briefing
  • Code Reconciliation Project — 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

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BPS launches Historic Resources Code Project

The project will research regional and national best practices and propose zoning code changes to reconcile deficiencies in Portland’s existing programs.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has launched a 14-month zoning code project that will propose changes to how the City of Portland identifies, designates and protects historic resources. The Historic Resources Code Project follows a 2016 Oregon State Supreme Court decision and recently adopted changes to state administrative rules, both of which provide opportunities for improving Portland’s historic resource protection programs. The project will build upon previous historic resource zoning code projects, the most recent of which was adopted in 2013 and made changes to review procedures for minor exterior alteration projects in historic districts.

What’s the project timeline?

The Historic Resources Code Project will last approximately 14 months, beginning in September 2017. A project timeline is below.


Opportunities for public involvement will be posted to the Historic Resources Code Project website as the project develops.

What sections of the code will be most affected?

Many sections of the Portland zoning code address historic resources, but it is primarily sections 33.445 and 33.846 that provide the City’s framework for identifying, designating and protecting historic resources. It’s anticipated the Historic Resources Code Project will result in significant changes to both of these sections of the zoning code.

What won’t be included in the project?

Although the project will be proposing minor and major policy changes, there are a number of items that the project is not anticipated to address. Among the items that won’t be included in this project are:

  • Development of district-specific design guidelines or standards
  • Inventorying or designating new historic resources
  • Providing financial incentives to owners of historic resources
  • Proposing changes to building regulations outside of the zoning code.
  • Changing the National Register of Historic Places designation process or the minimum protections that apply to National Register resources under State Land Use Goal 5.  

The adopted zoning code changes that result from this project will inform the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s future historic resources projects, which may include additional code changes, development of district-specific guidelines and standards and a citywide update to the Historic Resources Inventory.

How can I follow this project?

Project updates will be distributed to the historic resources program email list; sign-up to receive information about events and project milestones.

Who is responsible for the project?

The project is being managed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s historic resources program, with support from the Bureau of Development Services’ design and historic resources team. Core project staff include:

  • Brandon Spencer-Hartle, Project Manager
  • Caity Ewers, Community Service Aide II
  • Hillary Adam, BDS Liaison

For questions about and comments on the Historic Resources Code Project, email

Portland’s Historic Resource Inventory now on Instagram!

The social media project shares interesting images representing the breadth and depth of Portland's historic properties.


Between 1980 and 1984, the City of Portland conducted a citywide survey of potentially historic resources that culminated in an inventory of 5,000 documented places. The Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) included residences, warehouses, statues, historic sites, factories, commercial buildings, and even trees. The property-by-property documentation was initially contained in 26 three-ring binders, with the original set housed at the State Historic Preservation Office and copies available at the City Archives and Records Center, Oregon Historical Society, and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. 

This past spring and summer, two interns from Portland State University and University of Oregon digitized the City’s inventory records, reconciled changes that have occurred since 1984, and integrated up-to-date HRI data into BPS’ historic resources webmap. The project included a review of all 5,000 HRI records to ensure the accuracy of City data regarding historic significance rankings, demolitions, and property location. All photographs from the 1984 effort were scanned and cropped to be used in future historic resources documentation efforts.

Although photographs were taken of nearly all of 5,000 HRI properties, 250 of the most interesting images representing the breadth and depth of the 1984 effort were set aside to be shared on the Instagram account Portland1984 over the course of the coming year. The images capture a snapshot of a moment in Portland’s past and provide inspiration about how historic resources can contribute to Portland’s future. Instagram users are encouraged to interact with the posts, sharing memories and ideas for how historic places might be used in the coming years.

Digitization of the 1984 HRI records is one of several concurrent efforts underway to prepare for an eventual update to the citywide inventory of significant historic resources. Additional background on possible next steps for updating the inventory will be posted to the Historic Resources and Preservation page in October, but in the meantime check out Portland1984 Instagram!

Community event to discuss housing and transit in SW Corridor

Join us at a Community Learning and Listening Session to share your ideas on the equitable housing strategy

flyerCommunity members are invited to a Community Learning and Listening Session on Affordable Housing on Saturday, October 14 to share experiences and provide input on housing challenges and opportunities to shape a new SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to learn about affordable housing needs in the corridor and provide input to help preserve and build more places for people to live.

Residents can get involved by connecting with neighbors, learning how to volunteer with local housing organizations and sharing their comments on the transit planning process.

Featured speakers will include Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Tigard Councilor Tom Anderson. They will talk about the importance of inclusive communities with more housing and transit. Housing experts from the Community Alliance of Tenants and Community Housing Fund will talk about the challenges lower income residents in Southwest are facing and what resources are available.

Join us for a fun family-friendly event with childcare, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m. for registration, lunch served at 12:30 p.m.).
  • Where: Markham Elementary School, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
  • Who: Everyone is welcome; childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP and share this event on Facebook.

For more information about the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy, visit:

Questions? Contact Ryan Curren, 503-823-4574,