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Affordable Housing Rulemaking Project
On March 20, 2008, the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) directed the department to initiate an affordable housing administrative rulemaking project.
The project is intended to encourage cities to provide sites dedicated to affordable housing and manufactured housing parks, as a “pilot project” limited to a few cities.
LCDC appointed a work group to advise the department and the Commission (see below). Based on input and recommendations from the workgroup, LCDC anticipates adopting new administrative rules in November or December of 2008. (Link to LCDC reports for Dec. 4, 2008 meeting in Tillamook.) 
In considering new rules to provide sites dedicated to affordable housing and manufactured housing parks, LCDC indicated the work group should:
  • Consider whether to amend UGB requirements (for pilot cities only), but also consider alternative methods that do not involve relaxing UGB requirements; 
  • If UGB amendments are one of the recommended tools for this concept, allow an added site to be exchanged for a site already in the UGB better located to serve those in need of affordable housing;
  • Require that new sites designated for this purpose be capable of being served by transportation facilities, sewer and water service and other public facilities necessary for affordable housing, in the near-term;
  • Craft rules in a manner that does not conflict with current statutes. If the workgroup finds that rules cannot be adopted in a manner consistent with statutes, it should propose a legislative concept to obtain the minimum statute change necessary to authorize this pilot project to proceed;
  • Define the term “sites dedicated to affordable housing,” taking into consideration regional factors, ownership and rental housing needs, government assisted housing, and the need to accommodate those displaced by mobile home park closures;
  • Propose safeguards to eliminate or minimize adverse impacts on farm and forest land protection and other key components of the statewide land use program;
  • Establish criteria for determining appropriate land to be dedicated for affordable housing;
  • Consider allowing a mix of affordable housing and market rate housing on a site dedicated to affordable housing;
  • Provide encouragement for cities to rezone land already in the UGB for this purpose;
  • Select three to five “pilot cities” for this project; the proposed new rules would apply only to these cities.
For more information please contact Bob Rindy at 503-373-0050 x229, or via email at bob.rindy@state.or.us.
If you would like to be placed on the contact list for this group, please contact Bryan González at 503-373-0050 x322, or via email at bryan.gonzalez@state.or.us.

Agenda and Minutes of Work Group Meetings
 May 27, 2008 Salem Agenda Minutes
 June 17, 2008 Salem Agenda Minutes
 July 14, 2008 Salem Agenda Minutes
 Aug. 18, 2008 Salem Agenda Minutes
 Sept. 15, 2008 Salem Agenda Minutes
 Oct. 27, 2008 Salem Agenda
 Jan. 12, 2009 Salem Agenda Minutes
 Jan. 26, 2009 Salem Agenda Minutes 
 Feb. 11, 2009 Salem Agenda Minutes 
 Feb. 23, 2009 Salem Agenda 
NOTE: The meetings for Nov. 17 and Dec. 15 were cancelled.
Meeting Materials for the Work Group
February 23, 2009

January 26, 2009

January 12, 2009

October 27, 2008

September 15, 2008

August 18, 2008

July 14, 2008

June 17, 2008

May 27, 2008

Work Group Members
John VanLandingham
LCDC (Chair)
Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center
Janet Byrd
Housing Alliance/Neighborhood Partnership Fund
Jon Chandler
Oregon Building Industry Association
Shawn Cleave
Oregon Farm Bureau
Bob Gillespie
Oregon Housing and Community Services
Ann Glaze
Oregon Citizen Involvement Advisory Committee
Jana Jarvis
Oregon Association of Realtors
Al Johnson
Johnson & Sherton, P.C.
Nick Lelack
City of Redmond
Mary Kyle McCurdy
1000 Friends of Oregon
Martha McLennan
Northwest Housing Alternatives
Larry Medinger
Oregon Housing Council (Ashland-area homebuilder)
John Miller
HOST Development
Don Minor
Oregon Manufactured Housing Association
Greg Mott
City of Springfield
Linda Navarro
Oregon Bankers Association
Jim Tierney
Columbia County Community Action Team
Gregory Winterowd
Winterbrook Planning
Bob Rindy, Gloria Gardiner, Bryan González
Department of Land Conservation and Development

Link to Meetings Page
Meetings of the Affordable Housing Work Group are open to the public. To view a list agendas and minutes of these meetings, please go here.