On July 18, the Keeper of the National Register, Acting Associate Director Joy Beasley, wrote to the [Oregon] State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) that, after a detailed review of the materials, she was again returning the nomination of the Eastmoreland Historic District for listing in the National Register … "to allow the SHPO to resolve issues relating to the counting of owners and objectors."
The reasons for returning the nomination, Beasley stated, were:
· Questions regarding the objection count
· Treatment of Real Estate Trusts, in general
· Questions regarding the validity of certain trusts
The letter was not made public until July 22, when this issue of THE BEE was being prepared for press. Oregon SHPO spokesperson Chris Havel commented, on that day, that – as a potential resolution for the Eastmoreland and other nominations – starting in "late 2019", Oregon Parks, SHPO's overseeing State department, now proposes to "review administrative rule revisions that implement the National Register program in Oregon."
Since it appears that any rule changes will not be adopted before sometime in 2020, it's unlikely that this issue will be resolved any time soon. We'll have a more complete report in the September BEE.
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