Oregon House Bill 2007 (2017) – deregulating development in historic districts and single-family neighborhoods, disguised as “affordable housing”
We are a nonprofit Foundation whose three goals are eliminating homelessness, developing and promoting affordable housing, and championing historic preservation of important historic homes, buildings and neighborhoods. These goals are not, we repeat, NOT contradictory. However, Oregon House Bill (HB) 2007 which is being rushed through the legislature, would virtually negate Historic District demolition protection, would allow developers to build multifamily housing in single-family zoned neighborhoods, and would take away a lot of local development regulation control from Oregon towns and cities for any housing development claiming to have some “affordable” units.
This is very important. Oregon House Bill 2007 would basically eliminate any protection from demolition and outsized development provided by Historic District designation in the future in the name of “affordable housing”. The McCulloch Foundation is ALL ABOUT Affordable Housing. It is our mission. We develop it. We agree that more streamlined procedures to get affordable housing developments through more quickly would be very welcome. We agree, obviously, that we need more affordable housing, and pronto. But we do not agree that every developer should have the right to build whatever multi-family development they want, wherever they want, if some of the units will be for “affordable housing” (and not even affordable for those who really need it most). This misguided legislation would encourage destruction of currently affordable homes and allow replacement by new, much more expensive housing.
Please reach out to your Oregon state representatives and senators, especially Speaker Kotek, Representative Starkand the other sponsors of the Bill (Representatives Fahey, Keny-Guyer, Olson, & Sanchez and tell them that HB 2007 should be amended. Historic District protection and discretionary design-review guidelines should be preserved. We should amend building codes to make it easier to make internal conversions of existing homes into duplexes and to discourage demolitions.
Make an appointment to visit your legislator’s office in Salem, make a phone call, or send an email.
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For more information on HB 2007 (Oregon) and ideas on what to say when you contact your legislator (do it soon!), please read John McCulloch’s letter to the right, and check out these posts on SaveLaurelhurst.org and HistoricLaurelhurst.com
Summary of HB2007
Summary of the Bill (what it will and won’t do) from the office of Speaker Kotek