The recommendations serve as the basis for HB 2095, legislation that would facilitate mid-cycle UGB expansions. Thursday’s vote came on the heels of the final Task Force meeting Wednesday afternoon. Over the past year, the Task Force convened to develop ideas on how to improve the region’s management of residential growth. Throughout the process, the HBA of Metro Portland, through Board Officer Jeff Smith, CEO Dave Nielsen, and leadership from our GR Committee, played an important role in not only shaping the policy proposal, but also in helping outline certain aspects of the bill that will provide clarity in its future implementation.
The Oregon Legislature is now poised to consider HB 2095 during the current legislative session that began February 1st. Key points in the recommendations include:
- Cities that propose residential UGB expansions should demonstrate that they are already using best practices for providing needed housing in established urban areas, as well as in proposed expansion sites.
- In addition to the standard six-year cycle for the growth management decision process, changes in state law should be pursued to allow for mid-cycle decisions. These decisions would be capped at a total of 1,000 gross acres per mid-cycle decision.
- Instead of the Council being required to asses all urban reserves, in mid-cycle decisions they should be able to choose from the concept-planned urban reserves being proposed by expansion from cities.
House Bill 2095 was pre-session filed by the House Interim Committee on Rural Communities, Land Use and Water and was subsequently referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Brian Clem of Salem. HBA will be working with our State Association, OHBA, to ensure the final legislation is consistent with what we endorsed and to support its passage. You can find the legislation here.