How We Got Here

A historic district didn’t just happen overnight. Quite the contrary.  This has been 6 years in the making. After exhausting all other options, it is now time to take this stop to preserve our neighborhood.

How We Got Here

Eastmoreland Land Use History Detail


Aug              ENA Land Use Committee’s initial proposal to ENA Board to counter demolitions based upon removing exceptions to R5 minimum lot size in Portland’s zoning regulations.

Sep               ENA opposes demolition / skinny house project on SE 36th. Builder convinced to remodel existing house instead.

Oct               Discussion of better options to prevent an increase in demolitions. Consideration of creating a design overlay, adding regulations to the existing plan district, changing R5 zoning to R7, or an historic district. HD presentation by Bosco-Milligan Foundation was made to the ENA board.

Nov              ENA board authorizes development of land use goals and review of possible actions by their land use committee.

Dec              ENA Land Use Committee decides that plan district enhancements is the first choice, but other options should be considered.


Jan                Kick-off of development of plan district enhancement proposal.

May              City denies request to consider zoning overlay requirements.

Nov              Neighborhood meeting on development threats, vulnerable lots, goals and options.


Jan                ENA board passes motion to request 30-45 day notification of demolitions.

Jun               ENA board hires attorney to draft restrictive covenant.

ENA board opposes Everett Custom Homes attempt to rezone a Woodstock property from R7 to R5.

Nov              Meeting with John Cole of Planning Commission to voice concern that previous neighborhood comments on Comprehensive Plan were omitted.

Dec              First letter to the City asking to zone Eastmoreland R7 in the Comprehensive Plan.


Feb              ENA board considers legal challenge of R7 to R5 Comp Plan zoning change in area currently R7 near Woodstock.

Apr              Follow-up proposal submitted to zone Eastmoreland R7 in the Comprehensive Plan.

May              Plan district enhancement again reiterated as the preferred option to protect the neighborhood. Land Use Committee continues work on it.

Case files opened on demolitions with questionable toxic abatement.

Funding for initial study of 100 historic Eastmoreland homes approved in the event it becomes necessary to pursue historic district.

Jul                 ENA pursues first 120 day demolition delay.

First draft of Comprehensive Plan released with much of neighborhood proposed as R7.

Nov              Formal Comprehensive Plan input by Land Use Committee approved by ENA board.


Feb              Plan district enhancement proposal completed.

                       ENA submits proposal to City requesting consideration of plan district expanded scope and boundaries. A reply is never received.

May              Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability abruptly votes to reverse draft Comprehensive plan recommendation to zone neighborhood R7. Instead, entire neighborhood to be zoned R5.

Jun               Since City has now rejected the overlay district, plan district enhancements and R7 proposals, ENA board decides to again consider historic district.

Sep               RIPSAC meets for the first time.

Oct               Initial historic district presentation by Professor Tom Hubka to ENA board.

Dec              Land Use Committee reports it is actively researching historic district process.


Jan                Presentation to ENA board for an Eastmoreland Historic District. Board agrees to proceed with research phase.

Feb              City discloses intention to rezone Berkeley Addition as R2.5. ENA board votes to oppose.

Mar              Presentation to ENA board by 3 historic district consulting firms.

Apr              Approval of AECOM as the historic district consultant.

May              Initial neighborhood meeting about the historic district.

Summer   Survey of neighborhood homes conducted by volunteers.

Sep               HD Poll Committee begins work.

Oct               RIPSAC concludes work. Residential Infill Plan final proposal is suddenly changed by city staff to add “housing opportunity zones” to gut single-family zoning throughout Portland and allow multifamily dwellings on any lot.

Nov              Initial draft HD application submitted to SHPO for review.

Dec              City Council unanimously approves Residential Infill Plan Concept Report with some amendments. Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will develop implementation plan and propose changes to city code in 2017.

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