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Contact your legislators and support SB 1533!

February 8, 2016 / Sarah Andrews / Uncategorized

ACTION NEEDED:  Contact your legislators and support SB 1533 olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1533

Legislator contact information: www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html

DEADLINE FOR ACTION:  ASAP! A Work Session will be in the Senate Human Services and Early Childhood Committee on Monday, February 8. If it passes this committee, then it will go on to the Senate floor and over to the House. Your support and messages to your legislators is helpful at each stage.

MESSAGE TO CONVEY:  Support SB 1533, repeal of the prohibition on local communities’ ability to use inclusionary zoning as a tool for requiring affordable housing in development projects.

BACKGROUND:  In 1999, a statewide plan was enacted that prohibits local governments from using inclusionary zoning, a planning tool that enables jurisdictions to use their zoning codes to influence the type and affordability of housing units within a development.  In states other than Oregon and Texas, the tool is used to require developers to set aside a percentage of units for rental or sale to young families with low incomes, elderly couples wanting to age in place, or the workers that keep our economies running.  This policy can be used to harness the energy of the private market to help create affordable homes and enable economic integration and social inclusion.

TALKING POINTS: 

  • Current law is a barrier to local efforts to address the housing affordability crisis felt throughout Oregon.
  • Local governments should have a choice of tools available to them to implement their vision of their own future.
  • Cities throughout the U.S. have used this tool for a number of years. Oregon municipalities choosing to employ inclusionary zoning will benefit from the lessons learned elsewhere.
  • Housing located near employment means workers do not have to travel long distances to work, leaving them more time to spend with their families and reducing the burden of transportation expenses.
  • There is increasing recognition that living in high opportunity areas close to excellent schools, transportation options, and good jobs contributes to a child’s and family’s success. This planning tool increases housing options for lower income families in high opportunity areas.
  • Traffic congestion, pollution, and commute times are reduced when affordable housing options are available close to jobs.

For more information, contact: Peggy Lynch, Natural Resources Coordinator, zuludar@aol.com, phone number 541-745-1025

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