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Electronic Joint Study Session Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Ashland Housing & Human Services Commission and Planning Commission
Joint Study Session
January 28, 2021
Call to Order
Housing Commission Chair Rich Rohde called the meeting to order at 4:30pm via Zoom.
Planning Commissioners Present:
Michael Dawkins
Haywood Norton
Roger Pearce
Lynn Thompson
Lisa Verner
Alan Harper

Housing Commissioners Present:
Rich Rohde
Echo Fields
Linda Reppond
Heidi Parker
Chris Mahan
Jackie Bachman

Staff Present:
Bill Molnar
Brandon Goldman
Linda Reid
Liz Hamilton

Council Present:
Gina Duquenne
Paula Hyatt
Presenter: Beth Goldman / Project Director Eco Northwest with Sadie DiNatale
Housing Capacity Analysis:
The Analysis shows the City of Ashland’s land supply, forecasted population growth, local housing market, socio-economic characteristics of Ashland’s residents, housing affordability factors, and a forecast of housing demand.  See Power Point presentation at:
Round Robin discussion for policies ideas:
Beth requests a Round Robin discussion for feedback from the Commissioners about what they think is the most important policies Ashland should be looking at.  Eco Northwest will incorporate this information into the development of the Strategic Action Plan.
Jackie Bachman – Feels affordable housing should be top priority and innovative policies.
Gina Duquenne – Feels implementing Construction Excise Tax (CET) and giving incentives for builders and developers for more affordable housing
Rich Rohde – Feels CET to fund the Housing Trust Fund to give incentives to developers and possibly inclusionary zoning.
Alan Harper – Feels more Innovative Development projects.  More funding for infrastructure to vacant lands
Paula Hyatt – Feels Vertical building can help compensate for market value of land. 
Chris Mahan – Feels Help with rent burden issues is high priority.
Roger Pearce – Focus on low and median housing.  Increasing density, decreasing parking, etc. 
Heidi Parker - Feels More ADU’s, cottage housing, manufactured housing, and more dividing of existing houses will help.
Haywood Norton – Feels more percentage for low income in smaller developments. Go back to vacant areas and find out why it has not been developed yet.
Linda Reppond – Feels Dividing Large homes into multiple units can help.  Or Possibly Adding a tax for owning a 2nd home that is not in the rental market.
Michael Dawkins  -  Feels CET could help as well as dividing larger homes into multiple units
Lisa Verner – Feels Ashland need to alleviate homelessness
Lynn Thonpson – Concerned that more families are needed in Ashland with more development of 3-bedroom units to attract families.
Echo Fields -  Feels broader participation with the community for policy making.
Discussion about on-line public open house with survey in April 
Commissioners talk about how to promote an on-line survey for policy making             
Rich Rohde adjourned the meeting at 6:30p.m.  
Respectfully submitted by Liz Hamilton

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