Historic Resources Code Improvement Project draft proposal available for review

Discussion Draft Available for Public Comment and Landmarks Commission

Last summer, the City Council convened the  Historic Resources Code Improvement Project (HRCIP) and commissioned the bureaus of Planning and Sustainability, and Development Services to address issues around historic design review to address community concerns about the process.

In September, the City published an  Issues and Options Paper to start a community conversation about possible regulatory changes to be considered during this project. Staff met with the Historic Landmarks Commission, the Planning and Sustainability Commission and other community members to get feedback on the draft issues and options. Based on this input and continuing community conversations, staff created a discussion draft with detailed code amendments.

The  HRCIP Discussion Draft  is now available for public review and comment. The draft will inform a discussion with the Historic Landmarks Commission at a public hearing.

Landmarks Commission Public Hearing

Historic Resources Code Improvement Project Discussion Draft
Dec. 10, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
1900 SW 4th Avenue Building, 2500A
Testify in person or send your comments directly to  jay.sugnet@portlandoregon.gov
After the Historic Landmarks Commission hearing, staff will incorporate input from the public and the Landmarks Commission and prepare a Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recommendation to the Planning and Sustainability Commission. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 22, 2013, in the evening. City Council will then hold a hearing as early as February.For more information about the project and how to get involved, please visit the project website at  www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/ 58976  or call 503-823-5869.


In the city’s National Historic and Conservation Districts most exterior work on buildings, as well as all new construction, are subject to Historic Design Review. Both property owners and historic preservation advocates are concerned about the cost and time involved, as well as the impacts on historic preservation efforts.
While minor maintenance and repair are currently exempt from review, fees for small home remodeling projects, can cost up to $900; in some cases, the fees can be more than the cost of the job itself. And even though the design review process provides for flexibility and public dialogue, it can take as long as 6-8 weeks.
As a result, some property owners decide to make exterior home improvements without going through historic design review, while others decide not to make improvements at all.
The overall purpose of this project is to reassess when historic design review is necessary and appropriate.
Project staff have been collecting data to assess the impact of different options, engaging with the community to get their feedback, drafting code amendments and coordinating with the Bureau of Development Services, Historic Landmarks Commission and the Development Review Advisory Committee.
About the Historic Resources Code Improvement Project
Over an 8-month public process, this project will propose amendments to the Zoning Code to make it easier for property owners to make minor home improvements in the City’s historic and conservation districts. For more information, please visit the project website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/ bps/58976 . If you would like to receive monthly project updates, please visit the website and click on the “stay informed” button.

NECN Board of Directors meeting agenda

The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhood’s Board of Directors meets Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30pm. The draft agenda is posted below, or available for download by clicking here. The meeting is at NECN’s office, 4815 NE 7th Ave., and is open to the public.

6:30 Welcome & Introductions
6:35 Review & approval of Consent Agenda
1. — Agenda
2. — Minutes
6:40 Unfinished Business
1. Clean up postcards – feedback from NAs
2. NECN Holiday Party planning
3. Update on Lease
7:00 New Actionable Items
1. Budget revisions
2. Fiscal Sponsored Projects
3. Benefits Accrual change
7:30 Community Committee Reports
4. Schools – New mission statement
7:50 Board Committee Reports
1. Finance
2. Personnel
3. Rules
8:05 Ad Hoc Committee Reports
1. Resource Development
2. Strategic Planning
8:15 Interim Director’s Report
8:30 Adjournment

Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation seeking new members

The Advisory Committee on Sustainability & Innovation (ACSI) provides advice and advocacy to Multnomah County on sustainability issues affecting our community, the environment, and the economy. Members of the ACSI will provide recommendations on implementing the 2009 Climate Action Plan, sustainable government operations, improving social equity, and promoting a healthy, prosperous and resilient community. Members will also evaluate proposals for innovations in technology and business processes that may be applicable to county operations.

The Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation (ACSI) is now accepting applications. There are currently four spots available on the twelve member committee and applications are due December 5th by 5pm. The committee is comprised of professionals and community leaders who advise Multnomah County on important issues facing our communities. In the past year, ACSI has helped the County investigate options for a commercial PACE program and has advocated for more study on the health impacts of diesel particulate emissions. ACSI members also provide recommendations on implementing the 2009 Climate Action Plan, developing sustainable government operations, improving social equity, and promoting a healthy, prosperous and resilient community.

Committee members are appointed by Jeff Cogen, Chair of the Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners, to serve a two year term. County employees and employees of organizations doing business with the County are not eligible. Applicants must work or live in Multnomah County.

Given that sustainability issues have the greatest impact on low-income communities and communities of color, Multnomah County highly encourage representatives from these communities to apply.

Read more about Committee member qualifications and what is sought out in a potential member here.

Apply here.

New Apartments and Parking: Study results and upcoming community forum

NECN’s Land Use and Transportation Committee recently heard and discussed new apartment development and associated parking impacts. (Click here to see the minutes from the October Land Use meeting.) Now, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has released the study, along with several maps and other research on the costs and behavior of residents in eight (three in NECN neighborhoods) of the new apartment buildings in NE, SE and N Portland.

Reports available include:

  • Cost of Onsite Parking and Impacts on Affordability
  • Map: Areas Where Parking Is Allowed But Not Required
  • Map: Multi-dwelling Permits In Last 18 months And Changes to TriMet Service Level Since 2007
  • Parking Study: Parking Impacts for New TOD Along Portland Inner Corridors

More available, click here to access all the research. 

Community Forum to hear more on these results and give feedback:

Help us spread the word: changes coming to neighborhood schools!

Do you know a parent (or future parent) with children going to Beech, Boise-Eliot, Chief Joseph, Faubion, King, Ockley Green, Vernon or Woodlawn schools?

Portland Public Schools (PPS) plans to make changes to the boundaries and programs of the neighborhood schools above, known as the Jefferson Cluster, in an attempt to balance enrollment, easing overcrowding on some schools and directing students to schools that have too few students.

Why is this important? Schools in your area may be changed, beginning next year, so that all students have access to a full academic program. Changes could include moving boundary lines or special program locations, changing a school’s grade structure, and—only as a last resort—consolidating or closing schools.

Please spread the word and invite neighbors to:
Community Forum regarding Jefferson Cluster Enrollment Balancing
When: Tuesday, November 13th, 5:30-8PM
Jefferson High School Cafeteria, 5210 N Kerby St.

PPS is seeking additional input at a community forum on such key issues as how and whether to convert some schools back to K-5 and 6-8 structures.

Forum Details: School representatives will share information about their programs from 5:30-6 pm. General presentation begins at 6 pm. Refreshments, interpretation services and free child care for children ages 3-12. Child care space is limited. Please call 503-916-3205 to sign-up in advance.

More information Here: Enrollment-Balancing-Flier-Next-Steps-Nov2012 and Enrollment-Balancing-Flier-Next-Steps-Nov2012-Spanish.pdf

Get ready for Leaf Day- how to prepare

Portland Leaf collection takes place in parts of:

  • Boise
  • Humboldt
  • King
  • Sabin
  • Grant Park
  • Alameda
  • Irvington
  • Sullivan’s Gulch (must move vehicles off street, click here for more)
Leaf Collection Zones do not necessarily follow neighborhood boundaries, check specific addresses for collection details online at PortlandOregon.gov/leafday. Most zones have two collection days (early November and early December) but some only have one.
Recommended preparations for leaf day include:
  • Verify the date of collection
  • On the day before your scheduled Leaf Day, rake your street leaves 12 inches from the curb.
  • If you have leaves from other trees on your property, rake them into the street the day before your Leaf Day.
  • If it is not possible to move a car off the street, rake your leaves away from the curb and beyond the car into the middle of the street so that our crews can pick them up.
If you are not in a Leaf Service Zone, you may not rake your leaves into the street. Only customers in a leaf service zone who pay for the service are sanctioned by the city to rake their leaves into the street.