The City of Portland paused work on a potential update to its deconstruction code that was slated to go before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) in October. The HBA and its members had participated in the City of Portland’s Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to provide builder perspective and help guide the implementation process.
The ordinance required deconstruction instead of demolition if a house or duplex was built in 1916 or earlier, or is a designated historic resource. The DAG had reviewed the progress on the policy and regarding a potential change in the year for which deconstruction is required. The HBA had advocated on behalf of members regarding this proposal, in concert with others, for a more modest proposal that was data driven and would not result in undue delays in the timing, cost and process.
Ultimately, any proposed recommendation at this stage was not ready for PSC or Council consideration, especially in light of the concurrent work being performed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to ensure best practices on the tear down of homes resulting from the passage of SB 871.