PRIORITIZE LOCATION OF CITY OFFICES AND OPERATIONS IN HISTORIC
Binding City Policy
WHEREAS, City Council, through the Comprehensive Plan, enumerates goals and
policies that seek to establish and enhance liveable neighborhoods, a strong
economy, historic resource protection, citizen involvement, and quality urban
WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan guides the future development and
redevelopment of the City; and
WHEREAS, Chapters 33.445 and 33.846 (Historic Resource Protection Overlay
Zone and Historic Reviews, respectively) of the Portland City Code were adopted
in 1996 to protect historic resources as directed by the Comprehensive Plan;
WHEREAS, The Historic Resources Code Amendments Project (HRCAP) introduced a
number of financial and regulatory incentives that are intended to promote the
preservation and rehabilitation of Portland’s historic resources; and
WHEREAS, the HRCAP amended the zoning code to require demolition review of
historic resources listed in the National Register of Historic Places and
resources classified as Contributing in National Register Historic Districts;
WHEREAS, the City Council is committed to continuing efforts to reaffirm the
value of Portland’s historic resources and promote their continued vitality and
WHEREAS, The City can support historic preservation and lead by example by
adopting policies that prioritize historic structures as locations for public
services and operations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following City services location
preferences will be implemented by the responsible City bureaus and offices:
(a) City-owned or controlled buildings will be given priority for the
location of City offices and operations.
(b) If City-owned or controlled buildings do not have available space or
cannot meet locational or space requirements, non-City owned buildings may be
(c) When evaluating non-City owned buildings that equally meet locational,
cost and space requirements, preference will be given to buildings that are
individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or classified as
contributing in National Register Historic Districts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution is binding city policy.
Resolution No. 36267 adopted by Council October 27, 2004.