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Housing Capacity Analysis

The City of Ashland began working with the consulting firm ECONorthwest to undertake an analysis of Ashland's housing needs in December of 2020.  This project, called a Housing Capacity Analysis (HCA),  will provide a factual basis for future policy decisions intended to ensure that Ashland has an available land supply sufficient to accommodate our population’s housing needs over the next 20 years.  The final draft of the analysis is complete and is available through the links below and public hearings for adoption of the HCA are scheduled before the Planning Commission on July 13th, and the City Council on August 3, 2021. 

As part of this project, the City is interested in hearing from Ashland's residents so that more effective and widely accepted solutions can be created.  Due to limitations on public gatherings, the City presented information about Ashland's housing market, how it has changed, and how it will continue to evolve, through an online ‘virtual’ open house.  Additionally, the virtual open house included a series of questions allowing participants to provide input on their housing preferences and on potential strategies to address Ashland's unmet housing needs.

Click here to review a Summary of Virtual Open House Responses 

Additional opportunities to participate and provide input are available through public meetings as listed below under the Public Meeting Schedule. 

More about the Housing Capacity Analysis
The HCA is a technical document intended to identify issues with residential land use and unmet housing needs. The HCA addresses the specific requirement of Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 10 and OAR 660-008.   The project involves three major components:

  • Residential Buildable Land Inventory (BLI). In Oregon, cities have Urban Growth Boundaries (UGBs) which must accommodate residential, employment, and other land needs for the next 20 years. The Residential Buildable Land Inventory will identify how much land within the UGB is already developed and how much remains available to meet future housing needs. The City of Ashland developed and adopted its Residential Buildable Lands Inventory in 2019. This project will include an update that shows lands that have been developed since June 2019.
  • Housing Capacity Analysis (HCA). The Housing Needs Analysis will identify “what” the needs are. It is based on an official population forecast, and it will identify the number and characteristics of households the city needs to plan for today and in future years. Further, it will identify the different types and mix of housing to meet the needs for Ashland households of different income levels. Based on this information, it will identify how much land will be needed for different housing types. Comparing the capacity of the current residential buildable land supply in the UGB to the identified residential land need will clarify if current plans and policies will meet these needs.
  • Housing Strategy. The Housing Strategy will identify “how” to address identified housing needs. The Housing Strategy will recommend policies to meet the identified needs in ways that will provide housing choice for Ashland’s residents.

Project Funding:
The Oregon Legislature appropriated funds to the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) for the purpose of providing technical assistance to local governments in increasing the affordability of housing within areas experiencing severe rent burden. As approximately 34% of renter households in Ashland experience severe rent burden the City of Ashland qualified for funding assistance from DLCD to update the City's 2012 Housing Needs Assessment. Through partnering with DLCD,  EcoNorthwest, and the City of Ashland will be able to update housing needs projections addressing housing types and price levels, residential land needs, and identification of measures for accommodating needed housing. This project is expected to be completed by August 17, 2021. 

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Documents and Meeting Archives:  Completed reports, and meeting materials, developed throughout the process of conducting the Housing Capacity Analysis will be provided here. 

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