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Planning Commission Study Session

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019
I.              CALL TO ORDER: 7:00 PM, Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
Chair Roger Pearce called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers.
Commissioners Present:   Staff Present:
Troy Brown, Jr.
Michael Dawkins
Alan Harper
Melanie Mindlin
Haywood Norton
Roger Pearce
Lynn Thompson
  Bill Molnar, Director
Maria Harris, Planning Manager
Brandon Goldman, Senior Planner
Dana Smith, Executive Assistant

Absent Members:   Council Liaison:
  Stefani Seffinger, absent
Community Director Bill Molnar asked the Commission’s interest in changing meeting times.  In December, the City Council would start meeting at 6:00 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m.  Meeting end time would go until 9:30 p.m. unless there was a motion to continue.   The Commission agreed to discuss it further at a future meeting.
III.            PUBLIC FORUM - None
  1.  Update on Recent State Housing Legislation
Planning Manager Maria Harris spoke to the following legislative changes:
  • Middle Housing - cities with populations between 10,000 and 25,000
    • Duplexes will be allowed in single family housing zones. 
    • The state will develop a model code by the end of 2020. 
    • Cities will adopt a new ordinance by June 30, 2021 or use the state’s model.
  • Additional parking for accessory residential units (ARU)
    • No longer required.
  •  House Bill (HB) 2003
    • Eight-year timelines for housing needs analyses. 
    • State developed methodology for the Housing Production Strategy will go into effect 2023.
  •  Senate Bill (SB) 8 (recently passed and not included in the packet)  
    • Addressed challenges to affordable housing projects.
    • Applied to appellants. 
    • Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) shall award attorney fees and expenses on publicly supported housing projects to prevailing applicants or local government.   
The Housing and Human Services Commission will host a forum based on the legislation regarding no cause evictions.  It will be held at the Ashland Hills Inn on October 22, 2019.  
Staff was looking into the definitions of duplex and ARUs under 1,000 sq. ft. with a common wall.  Staff would also review density limits. 
  1.  Population forecast for Ashland and Jackson County
Senior Planner Brandon Goldman explained how population projections and housing characteristics effected the Buildable Lands Inventory that would come before the Commission in October.  A presentation (see attachedincluded:
  • Population Projections and Housing.
  • Assumptions.
  • Jackson County (JC) – Annual Births.
  • JC – Annual Deaths.
  • JC – Avg. Annual Natural Increase/Decrease.
  • JC & Oregon – In migration rates by age groups.
  • JC - Components of Population Change by 5-year intervals (2015-2045).
  • JC Larger Sub-Areas – Avg. Annual Net In/Out Migration.
  • Ashland Population and Housing Characteristics.
  • Ashland Population Change-Historic & Projected by 10-year intervals.
  • JC & Ashland – Avg. Annual Growth Rates
  • Ashland – Population Pyramid – 1950.
  • Ashland – Population Pyramid – Male/Female.
  • Ashland Age Cohorts 2010 vs. 2017 Ashland’s Households.
  • Ashland Households.
  • Persons Per Household.
  • Ashland Household Sizes.
  • Household Size– Ashland Average Single Family Home Size 2001-2016.
  • National - Recent Decline in Home Size.
  • Next Steps.

The Commission and staff discussed:
  • Average household size in 2015.    
  • Death rates increasing until 2040. 
  • The majority of Ashland’s population was Net In-Migration.
  • Economic growth impacts on population type.
  • Increase of diversity in Jackson County.
  • Buildable Lands Inventory looked at base density.
  • The number of ARUs that were built since 1991 – slightly more than 200 with 19 built during 2018 and 13 in 2017.
Staff would research how the new Housing Needs legislation allowing affordable housing on public land will affect the Buildable Lands Inventory.
V.            ADJOURNMENT
Meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
Submitted by,
Dana Smith, Executive Assistant

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