For years, folks in Clatsop County have talked about how to get more affordable housing. This term usually means private housing available to anybody on the open market and costs no more than 30% of monthly gross income.
In 2015, Astoria issued a report specifically about affordable housing. The report has a good description of demographics and the need. It suggested code changes for accessory dwellings. But Astoria’s code as later amended for that kind of housing is too restrictive and hasn’t been very effective. The report, however, has a new and helpful inventory of the city’s vacant, buildable land.