The City of Gresham is conducting a periodic update to their system development charges in three categories: transportation, storm water, and parks. After completing a fair analysis, the City Council proposed that the majority of their SDCs be lowered. HBA has been closely monitoring the process and will remain engaged with city staff on the issue throughout the adoption of all three new methodologies.
The City of Gresham will be revisiting its methodologies related to transportation, storm water, and parks SDC proposals and Gresham City Council will be adopting them over the next several months. HBA Staff have reviewed the local government service master plans, the capital improvement plans, and the proposed methodology to ensure accuracy. Though the proposals include minor increases in some categories, the majority of the proposals call for lower SDCs. The increasing cost of SDCs regionally has a profound effect on housing affordability and this decrease by the Gresham City Council works to promote housing affordability in the area.
HBA staff attended an informational hearing last week on the Parks SDC to ask questions about the SDC methodology updates. The outcome of the methodology report proposes that the Parks SDC be lowered significantly in Pleasant Valley, and Springwater. Development inside Gresham city limits will be subject to an increase of under a $100. This will be voted on by Gresham City Council on March 7th.
The Storm Water SDC Methodology Update proposes slight increases in storm water fees within the City of Gresham, but significant decreases in the storm water SDCs for Pleasant Valley and Springwater. This proposal will be voted on by City Council on March 21st.
The City of Gresham has not released the Transportation SDC Methodology Update but is expecting to do so in mid-March. HBA will continue to monitor and engage with the Gresham City Council on this topic and will update you as the proposals become finalized. THE HBA intends to submit testimony regarding the Parks SDC methodology updates. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the proposed methodology please contact James Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.