Progress slow for establishing Eastmoreland Historic District
How to proceed with the "Eastmoreland Historic District National Register Nomination", was outlined by the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, in a letter addressed to the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) – which they received in mid-November.
In that four-page document – which the federal "Keeper of the National Register", J. Paul Loether, wrote to SHPO Associate Deputy Station Historic Preservation Officer Ian Johnson – Loether reaffirmed that the nomination was not disapproved for listing in the National Register, but was "returned for correction and resubmission for listing in the National Register".
In the letter, Loether stated that there are "three key aspects" involved in determining whether a majority of private property owners objected to a proposed National Register listing:
1. Identifying who the property owners are
2. Determining which owners are private or public; and
3. Calculating whether a majority of private owners has objected to the listing
To correct the nomination and resubmit it, Loether outlined a three-step process, with fourteen sub-steps, for determining whether or not more than 50% of private property owners objected to the nomination.
About the process, SHPO's Johnson commented, "The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) is reviewing the letter [from Loether], and will consider it when answering the questions regarding counting owners and objections that we submitted in August; DOJ has not provided us a timeline for the response. Once we have the answers from DOJ and have a complete process to share with the group we will do so.
"As part of that process, we will contact the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association, the project proponent, by letter, and ask them if they would like to proceed with the resubmission. We are asking that the neighborhood association not take action until we send official correspondence," concluded Johnson.