Our affiliated state association, OHBA, recently partnered with 1000 Friends of Oregon in a Land Conservation and Development Commission enforcement order against the City of Corvallis, which had big impacts to our local Portland region. The City was found to be in violation of State Land Use Planning Goal 10, pertaining to “clear and objective” development criteria.
The City of Corvallis was recently reprimanded in a Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) enforcement order brought by GPA1 Development, LLC, in which our affiliated state association, OHBA, and 1000 Friends of Oregon were parties. In this case, the Hearings Officer found that the City of Corvallis violated State Land Use Planning Goal 10 (Housing) by failing to comply with the “clear and objective” development criteria when assessing development proposals. Goal 10 is parallel to ORS 197.307(4) requiring “local governments to apply only clear and objective conditions to proposed needed housing on buildable land.” The Hearings Officer found that Corvallis rejected a proposal which should have been processed under clear and objective criteria and they did not have the legal basis to do so.
Our HBA has pushed for clear and objective standards in development, especially as it pertains to housing affordability, which State Land Use Planning Goal 10 focuses on. This noteworthy partnership between OHBA and 1000 Friends of Oregon demonstrates how important it is to the region that local jurisdictions uphold established land use planning goals. Ideally, this recent court ruling will work to promote greater accountability amongst cities and counties when it comes to considering and complying with state land use goals.