In 2018, the Oregon Legislature allocated $1.73 million to the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for housing planning technical assistance in House Bill 4006. The bill allocates funding "for the purpose of providing technical assistance to local governments in increasing the affordability of housing."
Technical assistance will include an analysis of housing needs, audits of land use codes (to identify barriers to housing development), revisions to land use codes (to remove barriers), and implementation plans for increasing housing supply.
To provide this assistance, DLCD will contract with consultants experienced in completing Housing Needs Analyses (HNAs) and updating land use codes. The consultant will work for a city – or group of cities within a county or region – to prepare draft updates to the comprehensive plan or code. For jurisdictions with up-to-date plans and codes, assistance with developing a strategy to implement the plan is also offered.
The projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
For other questions regarding the Oregon Housing Needs Planning Project, please contact Kevin Young.
Who Can Apply
All cities and counties are eligible to submit a Request for Assistance. Because housing planning is completed for a specific urban growth area, a non-Metro county government is eligible only as a convener for a group of cities within its boundary. A Metro county is eligible for its urban area.
If the department receives more interest than available funding can accommodate, priority will be given first to cities that are over 10,000 population and severely rent-burdened. Second priority will be given to other cities that are severely rent-burdened; third priority will be to cities over 10,000 population with high population growth rates. The department will also consider local government readiness, geographic distribution, consultant availability and expertise, and the type of technical assistance requested.
Complete List of Rent-Burdened Cities
City Growth Rates
The application deadline was June 15, 2018. Therefore, DLCD is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 project.
For questions regarding an application submittal or the status of a Request for Assistance, please contact Tabatha Hoge.