Previous Objections

If you objected previously, before Dec 15th 2012, you will need to file another notarized objection.

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What is an Objection?

Notarized statements of objection are the legal way to oppose the Historic District.   If over 50% of the registered property owners object after nomination, the district can not legally go into effect.   Two people who jointly own a house can each file an objection.   One person who owns 5 houses can file a single objection.  

How do I object?

Have the Objection Form notarized. You can find a notary at most banks.

Also, Melinda Wilde is offering free objection notarizations at her office during business hours, 1300 SE Oak St.

For objections outside Oregon, please use the Out of State Objection Form

After you submit an objection, you should get a confirmation from the state in within 2 weeks.

More Objection Details

The following information is from Ian Johnson at the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office:

Counting Objections:

Objections are collected by the Oregon SHPO up until the document is forwarded to the National Park Service. Although our office will keep track of the number and status of objections received, only the National Park Service has the authority to count objections. Our office will not verify objections until the nomination is sent to the Keeper of the National Register in May; although, we will post all objections and letters of support received during the objection period on our website once per week. We will provide our preliminary counts on the website when the nomination is sent to the Keeper.

In accordance with National Park Service policies, each person listed in the land recordation or tax records as an owner gets one vote, regardless of how many properties or what part of one property that party owns, and regardless of whether the property contributes to the significance of the district. Thus what is important is not how many properties are within the nominated boundary, but how many property owners.

How to count owners:

What constitutes a majority?

If a majority of private property owners formally objects, the property cannot be listed. If there are two private property owners and only one objects, the property can be listed; both must object to constitute a majority to block listing. If there are three owners, two of the three must object. If there are fifty owners, twenty six must object, etc.