Frequently Asked Questions
There is a lot of information out there about the historic district. We’ve got some basic facts so you can educate yourself about what being a historic district means for Eastmoreland. We want to be clear about what the implications of a historic district for Eastmoreland are, and give you access to resources and people that can help answer your questions. See the FAQ below for more info.
What is the difference between “contributing” and “non-contributing” in an Historic District?
In an historic district, buildings are designated as either contributing or non-contributing. Contributing resources date from the historic period of significance established for the district. They contribute to the significance and character of the district through their historical associations and/or architectural values. Non-contributing resources are those that, due to date of construction, alterations, or other … Continue reading What is the difference between “contributing” and “non-contributing” in an Historic District?
What is Goal 5?
The 2002 Statewide Planning Goal 5 requires all Oregon cities and counties “to conserve open space and protect natural and scenic resources.” On January 27, 2017, the City of Portland was given the green light to improve the access to a city-level historic designation process. The potential had already existed but it required “affirmative consent … Continue reading What is Goal 5?
What is with these trusts I keep hearing about?
You may have heard about thousands of objection trusts created by neighbors. It’s a fact: 4 households created 5,000 trusts to object to the historic district and disenfranchise the rest of us. … Continue reading What’s with all these trusts”?
What is a “local district”?
You may have heard about a local district as an alternative to a national historic district designation. This post explains the details of this and why the local district is no option. … Continue reading What is a “local district”?
What is the Origin of the Eastmoreland Historic District?
The pursuit of the Historic District (HD) began after many years of efforts by the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association (ENA) and its Land Use Committee (LUC) to work with city officials to create controls regarding demolitions and the quality of new development. As a last resort, after efforts to work with the city were exhausted, the … Continue reading What is the Origin of the Eastmoreland Historic District?
What is the Process for Getting an HD Designation?
The HD Process takes months to complete and involves preparation of a complex application with reviews at the city, state, and federal level. The application requires a sponsoring group of citizens or an organization. The ENA, the sponsor of our neighborhood application, hired a consultant, AECOM, to prepare the application and submit it. The application … Continue reading What is the Process for Getting an HD Designation?