Grants Pass Looks For Housing Solutions

The City of Grants Pass is working toward solutions to their housing shortage. The city is surveying the public to identify what barriers they face to live in Grants Pass.

Posted: Tue Mar 13 23:19:32 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue Mar 13 23:19:32 PDT 2018

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the users of the ashland i spoke to a developer at the meeting who says one of the biggest issues he faces is that there's a shortage of land to develop housing on. it is just one of many beth goodman says, "grants pass like a lot of other communities in oregon is having trouble having multi-family housing built in part because there's not enough land zoned for it and in part because some of the regulations may create barriers to development of affordable housing." tom schauer says, "there's been a shortage of rental housing and owner occupied housing, prices." which is why they're looking into different housing types. and other short term solutions tom shower says, "we know is a significant issue is increasing the build able land supply with appropriate zoning to accommodate single family and multi family." and it helps to hear from stakeholders tom shower says, "i think it is important we hear from everyone like people who are building the housing and deal with the day to day issues and knowing what some of the barriers are." like tony alvarez, a local developer, he says he only turned into a developer after he realized there wasn't a lot to invest in the difficulty in finding lots to build and dealing with development costs, you have a lot people moving in, pushing rents up, and then people buying properties like myself increasing rent, and then a displacement of tenants." the city and county amended the urban growth boundary in 20- 14, and since then the city has been working to rezone those areas to make them available for housing. the city says in addition to rezoning land- they will also be looking at other code amendments that can make the permitting process more efficient. the survey is online for another week. if you didn't get to fill it out with what you think the city can do to provide more housing, there is a link to that survey on our website, kdrv.com. a central
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