The Clackamas County Planning Commission is holding a study session on housing strategies at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City. The meeting is being held as part of the county’s ongoing initiative to address the need for more affordable housing.
This initial meeting by county Planning & Zoning staff with the Planning Commission on housing strategies was inspired by a number of county and state initiatives related to housing and homelessness, including the following:
- The Clackamas County Housing Affordability and Homelessness Task Force was appointed by the Board of Commissioners in 2018 to research, recommend and support new policies and strategies to address housing affordability and homelessness in the county. The task force recommendations presented to the Board in December 2019 include several recommendations related to land use regulations.
- In 2019 the Oregon Legislature approved legislation that gives Clackamas County until June 2022 to modify its zoning code to provide for what is being called “middle housing” – such as duplexes and triplexes -- that provides housing that is more affordable for people at various income levels.
- The county’s Long-Range Planning Work Program for 2019-21, which was approved by the Board, includes projects related to housing affordability and density, as suggested by community members and groups.
At the Jan. 27 meeting the Planning Commission will learn more about and discuss a draft issues paper written by staff, Housing Strategies Related to Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Development Ordinance Updates, and talk about the upcoming Housing Strategies Project planned for the next 18 months to address needs and requirements from the state and the county. Specifically, Planning Commission members will be asked to comment on strategies to address the housing affordability crisis and suggested methods of public engagement for the project.
The public is welcome to attend. There is time at the beginning of the agenda for members of the public to comment on issues of Planning Commission concern.