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Planning and Sustainability

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Historic Resources Code Project

  • The 1923 Claude Miller House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its craftsman design. It is the only designated landmark in East Portland.

  • Skidmore Fountain in 1935. Image courtesy George Stephenson Collection, Oregon Historical Society.

  • The three-building West Block (1882-1896) contributes to the East Portland/Grand Avenue Historic District. Photo courtesy Michael Molinaro.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is advancing a zoning code project that will make 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. During this moment of citywide growth and change, the project seeks to better align the city’s historic preservation programs with other community goals.


The Historic Resources Code Project launched in September 2017. Following a staff review of state and national best practices, a series of public roundtable sessions on the project’s focus areas will be held in the late fall and winter. 

Brandon Spencer-Hartle, 503-823-4641,

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About the Historic Resources Code Project

General information about the project’s focus areas.


Events and meetings about the Historic Resources program.

Historic Resources Code Project Concept Survey

Provide comments on historic resource inventory, designation and protection to the project team.