Salem, OR—The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) intends to resubmit the nomination for the proposed Eastmoreland National Register Historic District to the federal National Park Service (NPS) with a request to list it in the National Register of Historic Places in June 2022. NPS will consider the nomination for up to 45 calendar days before making a final decision. SHPO is currently accepting public comments.
Any owner of private property located within the boundaries of the proposed district may object to the listing by submitting a signed objection that includes a statement that they are an owner of property within the district, that they object to the listing, and that the information contained in the statement is true, under penalty of perjury. Property owners may choose to provide a signed, notarized statement with the same information instead. Original statements of objection must be mailed to Oregon State Historic Preservation Office Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, EASTMORELAND HISTORIC DISTRICT, 725 Summer Street N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. Owners who previously submitted a statement of objection do not need to resubmit their form unless contacted by the SHPO.
More information about the nomination process and how this may affect property owners, a copy of the nomination, and forms for property owners to object to the nomination are available at https://bit.ly/eastmorelandhd.
The SHPO held the resubmission of the nomination documents pending amendments to the state rules for the federal National Register of Historic Places program. The amendments were needed to comply with federal and state law and clarifications issued by the NPS concerning the process for owners to object to listing a property in the National Register.
The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a governor-appointed volunteer commission of people with interest and skill in Oregon history, first reviewed and recommended approval of the nomination in February 2017. The nomination was returned and resubmitted twice to the NPS over issues related to counting owners and objections. The district will not be listed in the National Register if the majority of property owners object.
The SHPO last submitted the nomination for federal review on May 23, 2019. The NPS identified at least two unresolved issues: a complete, accurate count of property owners and objections, and a conflict between federal guidelines related to trusts and a ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that requires an explicit federal regulation or state rule recognizing trusts as owners prior to the SHPO counting objections from trusts. In November 2021 the NPS issued new guidance that owners may object to listing their property in the National Register of Historic Places merely by signing a statement of objection under penalty of perjury under federal law, rather than having their objection notarized.
The proposed Eastmoreland Historic District is located in Portland, Multnomah County. It encompasses approximately 475 acres and is generally bounded SE Woodstock Blvd on the north; SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd and SE 36th Ave on the east; Berkeley Park and SE Crystal Springs Blvd on south; and SE 27th and 28th Ave on the west. The Eastmoreland Historic District is considered significant for its relationship to community planning and development trends in Portland in the early-twentieth century, most notably for its reflection of City Beautiful planning principles, and for its eclectic yet cohesive mix of early twentieth century architectural
Properties listed in the National Register are:
• Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
• Considered in the planning of federal or federally assisted projects;
• Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
• Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available; and
• Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements.
State law in Oregon requires local governments to offer a minimal level of protection for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Local governments also have the authority to create and regulate local historic districts and landmarks.
For questions about City of Portland Land-Use Regulations, please contact:
Brandon Spencer-Hartle, City Planner
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability