Tag Archives: Housing

Governor pledges to safeguard Malheur County jobs, help boost local housing

Gov. Kate Brown delivered a message of support for eastern Oregon and Malheur County. Brown said she doesn’t want state land use laws to get in the way of housing expansion locally. Brown also attended a meeting of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board in Ontario. Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she doesn’t intend […]
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Is Your Rent Through the Roof? Oregon Wants to Fix That 

Andy Mangels had been living in his modest apartment near downtown Portland, Ore., for three decades when the news arrived a few days before Christmas: His rent was being raised by 113 percent.

Home prices continue to soar in mid-Willamette Valley

Home prices continue to soar in the mid-Willamette Valley, with the average sale climbing above $400,000 in Corvallis and $300,000 in Albany in 2018, according to data from the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service. Last year marked the first instance each city hit those milestones, and the Linn County side of Albany (without North Albany, […]
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Oregon firm fined $35,000 for housing farmworkers in ‘squalid’ conditions

Its inspectors found families in “dilapidated, trash strewn housing” at a facility in Silverton. A Silverton company and its housing provider must pay $35,000 in penalties after an inspection found migrant farmworkers housed in filthy, rodent-infested quarters. Source: Oregon firm fined $35,000 for housing farmworkers in ‘squalid’ conditions – oregonlive.com

Eastern Oregon cities increasing housing growth

As lawmakers in Salem work to tackle the state’s housing shortage, Eastern Oregon cities seem to have found some solutions. Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have seen housing starts increase in recent years. In Hermiston, building permits were issued for 69 new homes and one duplex in 2018. That was up from 60 permits […]
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Oregon bill looks to add multi-family dwellings to areas zoned for single-family homes 

A bill in the Oregon legislature could change the look of neighborhoods in single-family zoning areas. House Bill 2001 would require cities with more than 10,000 and counties with more than 15,000 to allow duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes and cottage clusters in areas currently zoned for single-family detached housing. Source: Oregon bill looks to add multi-family […]
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City officials disagree on bill aimed at boosting housing availability

A bill geared toward increasing the supply of available “middle housing” drew support and concern from Oregon city officials. Source: City officials disagree on bill aimed at boosting housing availability

Housing Density | Disrupted Learning | Gray Whales – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would require cities to allow triplexes, cottage clusters and other “middle housing” options in single-family neighborhoods. Minneapolis is the first city in the country to vote for a plan allowing such housing to be built in neighborhoods zoned for single-family use. A new report on “disrupted learning” from […]
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Redmond housing plan gets warm reception in Salem

No opposition to including city in pilot project along with Bend. Redmond would get a second shot at a state affordable housing pilot project under a bill that received wide support at its first public hearing on Monday. The House Human Services and Housing Committee heard testimony from Central Oregon public officials and civic groups […]
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Rural dwelling bill perturbs farmland advocates

Despite assurances the bill won’t affect “exclusive farm use” zones, a proposal to allow more dwellings in “rural residential” areas has perturbed farmland conservationists. County governments could permit the construction of “accessory dwelling units,” commonly known as “granny flats,” under Senate Bill 88, but only in rural residential zones if certain conditions are met. Source: […]
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