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Documents and Reports

The City of Portland is migrating to a new website in 2020. Learn more about this change at https://beta.portland.gov/powr. As part of this process, the way we post reports and documents may change. Contact Katy Asher with concerns or questions: 503-865-6054, katy.asher@portlandoregon.gov. 

Background Reports

2009 Mt. Tabor Historic Structures Report – A conditions analysis, management plan outline, and cost estimates made in 2009 regarding the historic resources in the historic reservoir district on Mt. Tabor.  

2016 update/addendum to 2009 Mt. Tabor Historic Structures Report – The 2016 update made to the 2009 report. This document functions as an addendum to the 2009 report but holds the most current analysis. 

Portland City Council Resolution #37146, from July 2015 – Crafted jointly by Portland Water Bureau staff and concerned citizens, as a settlement in a contentious land use appeal case, this Resolution was a compromise for both parties at the negotiation table, but it set the path for a cooperative partnership between the Water Bureau and the community on the Tabor Historic Preservation project and the Interpretive Program.  

City Council Land Use Decision and Findings in the land use case LU14-218444 HR EN – After three hearings and more than 70 days of deliberation, the hard-working volunteers of the Historic Landmarks Commission issued requirements to be placed on the Water Bureau during the disconnect of the Mt. Tabor historic reservoirs. These findings were later appealed in a contentious case that went before City Council. Resolution #37146 was part of the settlement to this case. The second part was the conditions of approval in the final land use decision.  

National Register of Historic Places, Mt. Tabor reservoir district registration – The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. In 1984, during a review of thousands of local historic sites, the City’s five open reservoirs (found in Mt. Tabor and Washington Parks) were identified as most deserving of National Registry listing. Twenty years later, after a lengthy research, writing, and review process lead by Portland citizens, Mt. Tabor’s open reservoirs were welcomed to the list in Jan. 2004.

National Register of Historic Places, Mt. Tabor Park district registration  – The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. After a lengthy research, writing, and review process lead by community members, the historic Mt. Tabor Park was added to the list in Sept. 2004.

Reports to Council

Joint Water Bureau/community reports to Council regarding items in Resolution #37146 – These are semiannual reports to City Council covering the status of the two projects and the work by the two main parties to the agreement and are expected to continue through 2020 or completion of the work. The links to the reports completed to date are below.

  1. September 2016
  2. March 2017
  3. March 2018
  4. Fall 2018