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