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The controversy over creating an Historical District in Eastmoreland moves the state to change the rules

GOOGLE MAPS IMAGE - This is the OPRD building in Salem, where any comments will be received, and eventually a decision will be made. Over several years, the proposed Eastmoreland Historical District nomination, for inclusion in the federal National Register of Historic Places Program, has been a subject of dispute in that neighborhood – and the process has had its twists and turns, as the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) changes and updates its administrative rules about how it administers this federal program.

In late January, the OPRD held the first of its "Rule Advisory Committee" meetings to review the agency's proposed changes to those administrative rules; the last one was on March 10, as reported in the April issue of THE BEE.

"In the last several years, several high-profile and controversial nominations exposed problems with the National Register process, including determining owner consent and public involvement; proposed changes seek to establish a fair and transparent process in alignment with federal requirements," announced OPRD Associate Director Chris Havel on July 17.

Ian Johnson, Associate Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, added, "We're moving to fix those issues, and refine the state rules to work better for Oregonians."

OPRD held three "virtual" online meetings – two on July 23 and one on

July 28 – to discuss the proposed changes.

"The OPRD is accepting public comments on the proposed changes through 5 p.m. on August 14, 2020; comments can be made online, in writing, or via e-mail," Havel said.

Before you comment, it's important to actually read the full text of the proposed changes, which are available online. Then, go to the following webpage and scroll down to the "online comment" area of the page – www.oregon.gov/oprd/PRP/Pages/PRP-rulemaking.aspx.

Or, you can e-mail your comments regarding a specific rule to – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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