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Study Session

Monday, October 01, 2018


Monday, October 1, 2018
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street

Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:34 p.m.
  1. Public Input (15 minutes, maximum)
Eric Anderson– Ashland- Spoke in concern of his curb on 486 Starflower Lane.  He spoke that nothing has been done to correct the issue.  He spoke to concerns regarding Recology garbage pick-up and that there needs to be a cone there to notify them of the curb.
Council discussed the appeal process. 
It was decided that Staff would review this issue and bring it back to Council.  It was also discussed to contact Recology of the issues.
Huelz Gutcheon – HWY 99 – Spoke regarding global warming and running out of oil and gas.  He spoke to the importance of having electric cars.  He spoke that the City of Ashland has over 20,000 people and only 1% of Ashland’s population use emissions. 
  1. Housing Element Update
Community Development Director Bill Molnar and Housing Program Specialist Linda Reid gave a Staff report.
A PowerPoint was presented (see attached). 
Items discussed were:
  • The Comprehensive Plan.
  • Oregon Statewide Planning Goals.
  • How to pay for public services/maintenance.
  • Appropriated funding for long-range planning.
  • Reasons for updating the Housing Element.
  • Public outreach and community involvement efforts.
  • Support for environmental and conservation measures. 
  • New proposed goals.
Council thanked Staff. 
Council and Staff discussed the next steps.  It was decided to send this item to the Planning Commission and the Housing Commission before bringing it back to future Council Study Session. 
  1. Regional Housing Strategy Update
Senior Planner Brandon Goldman and Southern Oregon Regional Representative in the Department of Land Conservation Josh LeBombard presented a PowerPoint (see attached).
Items discussed:
  • Regional Problem Solving (RPS).
  • Population forecasting.
  • Portland State projects for all communities. 
  • Future expansion.
  • Existing Urban Growth Boundary.
  • Resolution 2003-37 – efficient land use strategies.
  • Regional approach to housing and economic development.
  • Housing strategies.
  • Identify how to help all jurisdictions in the valley work together.
  • Draft a Regional Housing Strategy.
  • 5 policies:
    • Provide a variety of housing types in Ashland that are more affordable to middle-income households, as well as provide opportunities for development of housing affordable to moderate and low income households.
    • Encourage development for new multifamily in areas zoned for multifamily housing and commercial areas by increasing the amount and density of multifamily development.
    • Monitor residential land development to ensure there is enough residential land to accommodate the long-term forecast for population growth.
    • Develop policies to support affordable housing by lowering the costs of housing development for low-income affordable housing and/or middle-income affordable housing.
    • Develop a Construction Excise Tax on new development to pay for developer incentives, such as fee and SDC waivers, tax abatements, or finance-based incentives.
  • Rent burden in Ashland.
  1. Council Rules – Due to time constraints this item was moved to the next Study Session.
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:05 PM
Respectfully submitted by:
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
Mayor Stromberg

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