CULTURAL RESOURCE RECORDS
Binding City Policy
WHEREAS the City has initiated an extensive inventory and evaluation of cultural resources in Columbia South Shore, pursuant to Statewide Planning Goal 5; and
WHEREAS the Cultural Resources Project will result in a land use plan to protect significant cultural resources in the Columbia South Shore area; and
WHEREAS State law limits the disclosure of public records or information concerning the location of archaeological sites or objects; and
WHEREAS the legislative intent of limiting disclosure is to protect sites from damage, destruction and looting; and
WHEREAS the Bureau of Planning holds cultural site records for the Cultural Resource Project and certain land use cases; and
WHEREAS several City bureaus have access to cultural resource records as participants in a Contract Advisory Team which oversees an areawide archaeological inventory of Columbia South Shore; and
WHEREAS several City bureaus have commissioned site-specific archaeological reports in conjunction with certain public works projects in the Columbia Corridor; and
WHEREAS the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Grande Ronde and Siletz participate actively in the Cultural Resources Project, including the representation on the Cultural Resources Advisory Committee; and
WHEREAS Tribal representatives and the Cultural Resources Advisory Committee support the City's adopting of a records management policy consistent with state law; and
WHEREAS the City, development community, affected confederated Tribes and other interested persons have initiated discussion on short-term voluntary measures to protect confirmed cultural sites in the district.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council approves the following policy statement on cultural resource records:
The City recognizes that cultural resources, including archaeological sites and objects, are an important and dwindling part of the City's heritage. These resources are finite, nonrenewable and irreplaceable. To avoid damage to or destruction of these resources, records specifically identifying and describing those resources merit careful protection to the maximum extent permitted by Oregon law.
It is the policy of the City of Portland to limit disclosure of records which specifically describe the location, contents and other identifying features of cultural resources, including archaeological sites and objects, to the maximum extent permitted by Oregon law. Further, it is the policy of the City of Portland to cooperate with affected Tribes with respect to any requests for disclosure of such records.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Portland will cooperate with affected Tribes with respect to any requests for disclosure of such records.
Resolution No. 35299, adopted by City Council August 4, 1994.
Filed for inclusion in PPD September 15, 2004.