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Comment on the HRCIP Discussion Draft!

Project update

The HRCIP Discussion Draft with detailed code amendments is now available. Staff developed the code amendments following conversations with residents and property owners inPortland’s Historic and Conservation Districts, as well as the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Planning and Sustainability Commission. 

The discussion draft will inform a conversation with the Historic Landmarks Commission on December 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm in the 1900 SW 4th Avenue Building, on the 2nd floor. Your comments are appreciated and welcome! Join us at the public hearing or send your comments directly to Jay Sugnet at

Staff will revise the draft code amendments based on feedback from community members and the Commission, and present them to the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in early 2013. A PSC public hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 22, 2013 in the evening. City Council will consider the code amendments as early as February.

The Historic Resources Code Improvement Project kicks off! Comment on the Issues and Options Paper

HRCIP kick off and issue paper

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.

A draft Issues and Options Paper is available for review. The paper summarizes issues and options that will be explored in the HRCIP process, including a potential new procedure type for Historic Design Review and possible exemptions for minor improvements.

You comments are encouraged! Community feedback will inform a discussion draft that will be available for review in November — prior to a public hearing before the Historic Landmarks Commission in early December. Staff is available to join any community organization to discuss the issues over the next two months. Send comments to Jay Sugnet at or (503) 823-5869, or contact Jay to schedule a discussion or presentation. Please submit comments on the Issues and Options Paper by Oct. 17, 2012.

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