The Following Organizations OPPOSE HB 2007 as currently written and request amendments or rejection of the bill.
National Trust for Historic Preservation opposes HB 2007:
“HB 2007 is a misguided emergency measure that seeks to address Oregon’s affordable housing crisis, but in fact will incentivize demolition of existing smaller, affordable homes, strip away protections for historic districts, prohibit design review of new residential construction, and usurp local comprehensive plans with a one-size-fits-all state mandate.
Preservationists recognize the urgent need for affordable housing, but believe smart housing policy must start by safeguarding existing affordable housing. We can achieve density without demolition of Oregon’s distinctive towns and neighborhoods, but HB 2007 as currently drafted is not the solution.”
United Neighborhoods for Reform opposes HB 2007:
“HB 2007 would result in many more demolitions, which only benefits developers.
UNR is concerned about the loss of affordable homes as well as the asbestos and lead dangers associated with unnecessary demolitions. Throughout Portland, small homes are being demolished and replaced with much larger houses selling for 2.5 to 3.0 times the price of the original home.
This bill should apply to affordable housing only. Take all references to market-rate housing out of this bill.”
Goose Hollow Foothills League opposes HB 2007:
“HB 2007 will not lead to affordable housing—Research is clear that incentivizing demolitions
artificially inflates the value of the underlying lot, thus driving up housing costs. Legislation should encourage existing houses to be subdivided and encourage ADU’s but should discourage demolitions.
Historic districts are economic engines for Oregon—HB 2007 guts the engine. Across the state, historic districts are economic drivers (as in Astoria, Baker City, Sumpter, Corvallis, Oregon City, St. Helens, Port Orford, Bend, Sisters, Hood River, etc). Gutting the economic engine of historic districts is incredibly financially reckless.
HB 2007 violates Land Use Goal #1–With no citizen participation, HB 2007 strips all zoning and design oversight from all cities in Oregon.”
Architectural Heritage Center opposes HB 2007:
“The AHC believes that rather than focusing on affordability, the real intent of the bill is to increase the supply of market-rate housing by demolishing less-expensive dwellings. This reduces the supply of less-expensive housing and forces many tenants to move when the residence they inhabit are sold for tear-downs. We believe that so-called “needed housing” and rules aimed at speeding production for housing at 120 percent of median family income are merely gaping statutory holes for demolition bulldozing.
The many proposed exemptions for avoiding demolition hearings in National Register neighborhoods will largely eliminate any opportunity to object to such demolitions.
Please note that this has been a rapidly evolving legislative situation, and there may yet be opportunities for additional improvements. As a preservation education and advocacy organization, the AHC stands for the renovation of older buildings rather than their demolition. Heritage conservation helps protect our environment, improves our economy, and saves our distinctive sense of place.”
Northwest (Portland) District Association Opposes HB 2007:
“There is no advantage in this bill to build anything but high-end rental and ownership housing.
We ask you to amend HB2007 Section 6 (5) to exempt planned high-density neighborhoods requiring the ability to use clear and objective standards and to allow us to continue to require discretionary design review when appropriate. Please add to HB2007 the following exemption: Section 6 (5) (c) An application or permit for residential development within cities of more than 500,000 that have adopted Plan Districts containing lands zoned at more than 40 units per acre.”