In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2003 which aims to help communities meet the housing needs of Oregonians. The law requires Oregon's cities over 10,000 population to study the future housing needs of their residents and to develop strategies that encourage the production of housing their residents need. In addition, HB 2003 initiated a prototype Regional Housing Needs Analysis to investigate a program where housing need is estimated and allocated on a regional level.
House Bill 2003 Overview
Oregon cities have long been required to study their community's future housing needs when proposing to expand their urban growth boundary. House Bill 2003 requires cities over 10,000 to analyze what housing is needed for current and future residents every six or eight years. Cities within the Portland Metro Boundary are required to update their Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) every six years; cities outside the Portland Metro Boundary must update their Housing Needs Analysis every eight years.
The bill also requires each city to adopt a Housing Production Strategy (HPS) within a year of the housing needs analysis deadline. The strategy must include a list of actions a city will take – such as revising regulations or providing financial incentives – to promote the development of all identified housing needs.
Housing Needs Analysis Schedule
House Bill 2003 directs the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to adopt a schedule for cities over 10,000 people to update their Housing Needs Analysis (HNA). That schedule was adopted on December 20, 2019 and updated on November 23, 2020. The law requires cities within the Portland Metro region to update their HNA every six years. Cities outside the Portland Metro must update their HNA every eight years. The schedule can be found as an attachment to
OAR 660-008-0045, or at the following link:
Adopted Housing Needs Analysis Schedule
Housing Production Strategies
In addition to the adoption of the HNA schedule described above, House Bill 2003 requires cities over 10,000 population to adopt a Housing Production Strategy (HPS) one year following their HNA adoption deadline. The HPS must outline a list of specific tools, actions, and policies that the city plans to take to address the housing need identified in the HNA. This also includes the city's plan and timeline for adopting and implementing each strategy. DLCD will review and approve each city's HPS based on the adequacy of strategies to meet all identified housing needs, the appropriateness of strategies to facilitate the production of needed housing, as well as how well the strategies, taken as a whole, will achieve fair and equitable housing outcomes. Cities must reflect and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of their HPS at a mid-term checkpoint (every 3 or 4 years, depending on the HNA schedule) to see what strategies worked, which ones did not, and any course corrections being made to ensure all housing needs are addressed.
Throughout 2020, DLCD led rulemaking efforts to help cities comply with the requirements of House Bill 2003. This work established the components required for a Housing Production Strategy report and created compliance criteria for cities that fail to meet their housing need. The resulting Oregon Administrative Rules are in place and can be viewed on the
Secretary of State web page (OAR 660-008-0045 through -0070).
Additionally, staff crowd-sourced a list of example actions that encourage housing production that cities can implement to promote housing within their jurisdictions. The list of example strategies can be found as an attachment to OAR 660-008-0050, or at the following link:
List of HPS Tools, Actions, and Policies
For more information on the rulemaking process including past meeting materials and summaries, please visit the
Housing Rulemaking web page.
Ongoing Housing Needs Analysis and Housing Production Strategy Education and Resource Building
On February 23, 2021 DLCD hosted the first in a series of webinars to build local government understanding, knowledge, and capacity around the implementation of HB 2003. In the webinar, DLCD staff outlined the major sections of a HPS Report and described the review and enforcement process. The webinar also included a time for attendees to ask clarifying questions and to get further guidance from the Department. A written response to each question asked during the webinar is provided below.
Housing Production Strategy Open Forum Questions and Answers (updated March 10, 2021)
Information about future webinars in this series will be posted to this webpage and will be distributed via email . If you would like to be notified of future webinars, please contact DLCD at
Regional Housing Needs Analysis
House Bill 2003 directed the Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) to conduct a pilot project to calculate housing needs for the next 20 years in each region of the state, for all income levels. OHCS completed this pilot project and produced technical and summary reports that are available to the public. To learn more, visit the OHCS Regional Housing Needs Analysis (RHNA) web page.
The bill also directed DLCD to evaluate the pilot project methodology and submit the evaluation to the Oregon Legislature by March 1, 2021. The report includes an assessment of the RHNA, a comparison to the existing Goal 10 housing planning system, and recommendations for how a RHNA could be incorporated into this system. The report and appendices are provided below.
Regional Housing Needs Analysis Assessment Report
RHNA Report Appendices
If you have any questions about the RHNA or Legislative Report, please contact DLCD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning Assistance to Local Governments
House Bill 2003 provided $1 million to DLCD to provide technical assistance to cities working to complete housing needs analysis and production strategies. Projects are currently underway for jurisdictions that were approved for funding. These projects should be complete by June 30, 2021, the deadline for medium cities middle housing regulations to be updated. Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more information.
Please continue to revisit this page frequently, as information will be updated as local governments progress towards implementation of House Bill 2003. Questions or comments about House Bill 2003 implementation can be directed to DLCD at
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Local planners should contact their DLCD
Regional Representative for more information.
Information about House Bill 2001: a related housing bill from the 2019 legislative session.
More DLCD Housing Resources
Housing Portal (Under Development): This portal is currently under development to enable cities to submit HNA/HPS reports and enable users to access these documents.