UNITED NEIGHBORHOODS FOR REFORM DEMOLITION/DEVELOPMENT RESOLUTION to be submitted to Portland City Council.
The ANA Board has voted to support this resolution, contingent upon any serious constituent objections. We invite residents/property-owners to comment via email. Objections, support or comments should be emailed to the ANA Land Sue and Transportation Committee at email@example.com by December 5th.
Whereas sustainability, livability, and environmental and public safety are of concern to Portland
Whereas the preservation of each neighborhood’s historical heritage and character are of prime
concern to Portland residents; and
Whereas the preservation of existing affordable housing is a citywide concern; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the United Neighborhoods for Reform requests:
1) Implementation of changes to the city’s demolition regulations and protocols:
a) Elimination of the (K)(1) exemption and restoration of the automatic 35-day demolition delay for
b) Definition of “demolition” as removal of 50% or more of the structure.
c) Requirement that applicants for demolition permits comply with all state and federal
environmental and safety regulations including those for lead and asbestos.
d) Retention of existing code providing for a 35-day delay on demolitions with an option for a 120-
day delay available to a recognized neighborhood association or coalition, with the understanding
that a good-faith effort be made to find alternatives to demolition.
e) Notice of proposed demolition will be mailed to residents and property owners within a specified
distance upon acceptance of the demolition application. If permit is approved, a 72-hour notice of
date of demolition will be provided to the same parties.
f) Establishment of a rigorous definition of “deconstruction,” and recommendation of appropriate
incentives, including an increased tip fee for construction debris.
2) Establishment of a task force composed of 50% neighborhood organizations and 50% city staff and
concerned citizens to determine the distance required for notifications above, as well as:
a) Revision of code to limit the mass, footprint, setbacks, and height of construction to that of the
average of existing homes within a specified distance.
b) Revision of current zoning and lot-splitting policies to protect existing housing and lot size.
c) Recommendations for tree and solar access protections.
3) Adoption by City Council of:
a) Measures to protect Portland residents from lead, asbestos, and other contaminants resulting from
demolition/development by requiring surveys for these materials and an approved plan for lawful
removal and disposal before issuance of demolition permit.
b) An update of the Historic Resources Inventory, with a waiting period mandated for removal of a
property from the inventory.
c) A user-friendly online system available to the public for tracking demolition activity.
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