Historic Review Boards (or Landmark Commissions) are committees of volunteers appointed to help property owners with design guidance, resource referrals, regional historic preservation events, and up-to-date information on local and regional funding and grant sources.
Clackamas County has a preservation ordinance and Historic Review Board for unincorporated areas of the county. The cities of Oregon City, Lake Oswego, Canby and West Linn have preservation ordinances and Historic Review Boards for their jurisdictions. All of these communities have met the State Historic Preservation Office's (SHPO) "Certified Local Government" standards and are eligible for planning and inventory project funding.
The Clackamas County Historic Review Board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month when necessary. The meetings are held in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. For more information, contact Darcy Renhard in the Clackamas County Planning & Zoning Division, 503-742-4545.
Responsibilities and membership
The Historic Review Board, made up of seven people appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, is responsible for performing the following duties:
- review and make recommendations on all proposals to alter the exterior of a Historic Landmark
- review and make recommendations on all proposed new construction on property on which a Historic Landmark is located
- review and make recommendations on all applications referred by the Board of County Commissioners, Hearings Officer, Planning Commission or Design Review Committee
- review and make recommendations on all applications for zoning of a Historic Landmark
- review and make recommendations on all Historic Landmark conditional uses
- disseminate information to educate the public as to state and federal laws protecting antiquities and historic places
The members of the Historic Review Board are to be people who have demonstrated an interest in historic preservation and have experience and/or special expertise or knowledge in the field of historic preservation. Three positions are designated as architect, with knowledge in historic restoration; contractor, with expertise in construction techniques applied to historic structures, and representative from a historic group in the County.
Most local libraries, planning departments and museums have copies of the Cultural Resources Inventory for their area. Many local museums have extensive collections of local photos, archival records and preservation resources available. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, State Historic Preservation Office, Architectural Heritage Center (in Portland), Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO), Oregon Preservation Alliance and Old Home Forum (in Oregon City) are all educational and support organizations for old-house owners. SHPO and HPLO also have lists of craftsmen who specialize in historic construction.
In addition to the resources already listed, several other sources of information are available for owners of historic homes. Searching the Internet using key words such as historic homes, preservation, building technology, real estate, architecture, restoration, renovation and Victorian will help you locate appropriate information.