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Regional Housing Needs Analysis, HB 2003

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2003 to provide the necessary steps toward helping our state reach its housing supply needs as envisioned by our land use system, while providing local jurisdictions the resources they need to accommodate future growth.

OHCS, with the Department of Land Conservation and Development and Oregon Department of Administrative Services, will develop a methodology to conduct a regional housing needs analysis (RHNA) in Oregon. In addition, for all cities and Metro, OHCS will estimate existing housing stock, establish housing shortage analysis, and estimate needed housing units for the next twenty years. HB 2003 requires that the methodology be completed and run by September 1, 2020, with a legislative report due March 1, 2021.

This is a feasibility study of how to conduct a regional housing needs analysis in Oregon, and the results and recommendations will be returned to the legislature for further consideration.

For information on these aspects of HB 2003, visit Department of Land Conservation and Development’s webpage on these subjects:
  • Housing Production Strategies
  • Housing Needs Analysis Schedule
  • Affordable Housing on Public Lands and next to Places of Worship
  • Technical Assistance to Local Governments

Study Resources
Speaker of the House Tina Kotek's Testimony to House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use:​

The regions used for the RHNA were based on the primary data source that we chose to use for the analysis (U.S. Census PUMS data for the American Community Survey, 2018). We tested several versions and engaged in conversations with stakeholders about the merits and drawbacks of each, settling on the below for our first and second versions of the RHNA.

Preliminary and Revised Regions

Final Regions - August 2020​

Scope of Work and Public Feedback

Meetings are open for public comment until January 31, 2020. Please email with any comments.

Between April – June 2020, a technical and policy advisory committee will meet to assist the project in the development of an Oregon-specific method. For details on how to connect please email

In September-October, 2020 the results and recommendations of the project will also be posted for a period of public comment, and that information will be available on this webpage. Stakeholder engagement sessions will likely be organized to gather feedback as well.
In September-October 2020 we will survey local government for feedback on the results and recommendations. 
Further comments can be directed to
Meeting summaries and public engagement opportunities are listed below.


Meeting 1 (April 21) will focus on presenting a brief review of the project; discussing the advisory committee charter; explaining initial results from the RHNA and allocation methods that were developed in the first stage of this work; and issue identification and options for the second stage of work (April – July). This will be an online meeting.

Who: Committee members; interested stakeholders in listen-only mode

Date: Apr 21, 2020 01:00 PM PT

​Meeting 2 (April 24) will be an OHCS listening session with general public stakeholders to get feedback on Meeting

​Who: Committee members; interested stakeholders in listen-only mode

Date: Apr 24, 2020 01:00 PM PT​

Meeting 3 (May 20) will focus on technical considerations for the Oregon Method. This meeting will include the technical experts on the advisory committee, with an option for policy experts to participate.

Who: Committee members

Date: May 20, 2020 01:00 PM PT​ ​


Meeting 4 (May 27 9am-12pm) we’ll host another stakeholder feedback session or sessions to gather input incorporating the equity analysis into the methodology, unit types, and the allocation formula.         

Who: All, interested stakeholders​

Date: May 27, 2020 9:00 AM PT​

​​Meeting 5 (June 22 1:30pm-4:30pm) will include a report out on progress made in Meeting 3, and will then focus on policy considerations for the Oregon Method. It will be a broader discussion that will include both technical and policy experts on the advisory committee. This meeting will be on ZOOM video conference. Registration will open June 15. 

Who: Committee members; interested stakeholders in listen-only mode

Date: June 22, 2020 1:30 PM PT

Meeting Recording​

Meeting Summary

​Meeting Presentations:

ECO Northwest Presentation 

OHCS Presentation

​Meeting 6 (July 7 1:00pm - 4:00pm) will be an OHCS listening session to get stakeholder feedback on what they heard in meeting 4. This will be a ZOOM meeting.n Registration will open June 30. ​

Who: All, interested stakeholders

Date: July 7, 2020 1:00 PM PT

​Meeting 3/9/21 to discuss reports and provide clarification about the agencies’ final recommendations.

​Meeting Presentation Slides

Summary of discussion exercise in EasyRetro

Meeting Recording​​


Assistant Director of Research
(503) 986-2133

Task Timeline, HB 2003