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Welcome 2015 HBAMP Board Members

VP/SECRETARY

Jeff SmithJeff Smith, JT Smith Companies
HBA Member since 2011. HBA involvement includes: 2014 Street of Dreams Chair, Street of Dreams Developer and Builder, Production Builder and Developer Council member and HBA Board member. Area of the industry represented: Builder/Developer. Biography: Jeff Smith founded J.T. Smith Companies in 1991 as a residential land development company. Today J.T. Smith continues to develop land as well as build single family homes and apartments. More than 20 years of experience in real estate has given Jeff a unique ability to conceptualize new neighborhoods and multifamily projects in ways that accentuate local surroundings and increase the quality of life for its residents. J.T. Smith is a two-time award winner in the NW Natural Street of Dreams and is currently developing the 2015 NW Natural Street of Dreams neighborhood in Lake Oswego.

BUILDER DIRECTORS (3 year seats)

Alan DeHarpportAlan DeHarpport, Solstice Custom Homes
HBA member since 2002. HBA related involvement includes: Past HBA Board member 2006-2013 and Government Relations committee chair of 2006. Area of the industry represented: Builder/Developer. Biography: Alan is a residential real estate developer, builder, and broker in Washington County, Oregon. After meeting the challenges of the 2007 – 2012 market, he is looking forward to continuing the successful building of custom homes with his company, Solstice Custom Homes. His skills include skillful negotiating with emphasis on developing long-term relationships with clients, building consensus and managing group decision-making with ease.

Jeff FishJeff Fish, Fish Construction NW, Inc.
HBA member since the 1980’s and more recently since 2001. HBA involvement includes: Member of HBA Board and Government Affairs and Political Action Committee, Ultimate Open House participant and National Director. Area of the industry represented: Infill Builder/Developer. Biography: Jeff has been a home builder for over 40 years, is the current Chair of the Portland Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) and is also an active liaison to several other committees representing the home building industry within the City of Portland.  Jeff has built 8 PAC houses and has been an active participant in HBA shows, tours and programs.

Tom LiesyTom Liesy, TA Liesy Homes Northwest, LLC.
HBA Member since 2006. HBA involvement includes: HBA Board Member, TRH participant and Production Builder Committee member. Area of the industry represented: Builder/Developer. Biography: Tom is a certified master builder, who has 25 years of experience as a general contractor in all types of construction. Tom started his career in construction at the age of 14. After working for Scott Miller, the owner of The Golden Hammer in Portland, Tom gained the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain his contractor’s license when he was just 18 years old. Tom has also served as a State Director for the Oregon Home Builder’s Association and currently teaches construction management courses at the Northwest College of Construction. In 2008, he won the excellence award for single family home under $250k.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS (3 year seats)

JosephWilliam Joseph, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue, LLP.
HBA member since 2004. HBA related involvement includes: HBA Board member, Executive Committee member, and Government Affairs and Political Action Committee member. Area of the industry represented: Associate. Biography: Bill is a partner at law firm Dunn Carney, where he leads the Construction and Design team and specializes in litigation and transactional work related to the construction industry. He has extensive experience in litigation of various types, and also handles corporate and real estate transactional matters. Bill was named Associate of the year in 2010 by HBAMP and was later awarded the Bill McNutt Award by Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter in 2013.

AndrewTull_3JAndrew Tull , 3J Consulting, Inc.
HBA Member since 2011. HBA related involvement includes: Government Relations chair, GR and PAC vice-chair, member of HBA’s peer review representatives on Metro’s Buildable Land Inventory working group. Area of the industry represented: Trade Contractor Biography: Andrew Tull is a Principal Planner and Urban Designer at 3J Consulting who aims to mainly work on residential projects. This year, he has been involved in working with the City of West Linn through an ongoing Development Code update. Andrew is anticipating a significant amount of involvement over the next few months with the HBA’s responses to the City of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan update and Metro’s Urban Growth Report. He attends HBA events as well as political fundraisers for the HBA’s endorsed candidates. Andrew is also a member and/or a regular attendee of meetings  of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, The National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, the West Side Economic Alliance, and the Clackamas County Business Alliance.

PRO DIRECTORS

05_06_Steve StolzeSteve Stolze, SLS Custom Homes and Remodels (3 year seat)
BA member since 1983. HBA involvement includes: PRO member, PRO chair, PRO Executive Committee member, HBA Board member, Tour of Remodeled Homes chair and participant; HBA Remodeler of the year. Area of the industry represented: Residential building and remodeling. Biography: Steve Stolze has been the principle of SLS Custom Homes and Remodel for over 32 years, having completed many new home construction projects as well as focusing for the past 10 years on primarily home remodel. Steve is a Certified Master Builder and has been a member of the HBA since 1983 and active in many HBA activities, shows and home tours.

Morphis-Andrew_2244 thumbAndrew Morphis , CLEAResult (1 year seat)
HBA member since 2013. HBA involvement includes: PRO member and HPC chair. Area of the industry represented: Associate. Biography: Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the building industry with a focus on bringing sustainable, energy-efficient construction methods and technologies to the market. At CLEAResult Consulting, Inc., Andrew helps oversee the Energy Trust of Oregon Existing Homes program. His previous work includes development of the Home Performance Division of Green Hammer Inc., a design/build firm with a sustainable focus and running his own remodeling company. His interaction with the trades is highly personalized and reflects his lifelong commitment to making operational decisions that reflect a “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social objectives. Andrew has also served as a board member of the Home Performance Guild of Oregon, and serves on the steering committee for the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

Our 2015 President Elect is Nate Bond of Pacific Crest Custom Cabinetry, with Drake Butsch of First American Title moving up into the seat of First Vice President.

Changes to Temporary PGE Services

TPGE_color.fwo improve safety for customers and employees, Portland General Electric implemented new requirements for temporary service structures on Sept. 8, 2014. PGE no longer allows its personnel to climb a temporary service structure or use the structure to support ladders, and changed its requirements for temporary service structures to support this safety goal.

The changes are as follows:

  • For all temporary services, a minimum 4-AWG aluminum triplex conductor suitable for tensioned overhead service is required. This conductor must be long enough to reach the ground.
  • Services in a non-road crossing:
    • Posts must be 6×6 inches with a minimum clearance height of 16 feet
    • Posts must be set in the ground a minimum of three feet deep with gravel backfill
  • Services in a road or traffic crossing:
    • Posts must be 6×6 inches with a minimum clearance height of 24 feet
    • Posts must be set in the ground a minimum of four feet deep with gravel backfill
  • When ground conditions prohibit driving wood stakes, use an optional metal stake with a U-bolt connection.
  • When the temporary service is within 25 feet of the PGE service drop, a 4×4-inch post may be substituted for a 6×6-inch post.

Please refer to the Electric Service Requirements (ESR) August 2014 Supplement or the ESR August 2014 book for all construction requirements, including more detail on temporary services.

 

HBAMP endorsed candidates and measures Nov 2014

oregon-votesWith Election Day less than two weeks away, we wanted to take a moment and provide you with a list of HBAMP endorsed and recommended candidates for state and local office. Of particular importance on the ballot is Measure 90, Open Primaries. Endorsed by the Oregon Home Builders Association, Measure 90 will help ensure more moderate, pro-business candidates are elected to office in Oregon. Please note that the races highlighted below reflect only key races where HBAMP or OHBA decided to take a formal position. We hope that you will consider supporting the following candidates and measures.

HBA OF METRO PORTLAND ENDORSED CANDIDATES & MEASURES

Oregon City Mayor: Dan HolladaySherwood Mayor: Linda HendersonTualatin Mayor: Lou Ogden

Lake Oswego City Council (vote for 3):

Ed Brockman, Joe Buck, Jeff Gudman

Measure 3-447 Clackamas Community College: Vote YES

Measure 34-221 Washington County Vehicle Registration Fee: Vote YES

Measure 34-226 Beaverton Public Safety Center: Vote YES

OHBA STATE VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS

Ballot Measure:Ballot Measure 90 - Open Primary: Vote YESClackamas County:

Senate District 20: Alan Olsen

Senate District 26: Chuck Thomsen

House District 26: John Davis

House District 37: Julie Parrish

House District 38: Ann Lininger

House District 40: Steve Newgard

House District 51: Jodi Bailey

House District 52: Mark Johnson

Washington County:

Senate District 15: Bruce Starr

Senate District 16: Betsy Johnson

House District 26: John Davis

House District 29: Mark Richman

House District 30: Dan Mason

 

The business boost that comes from membership in the HBAMP

This article appears courtesy of Jon Bell in the October edition of the Home Building News

opportunity-road-signJulie Nolta has officially been in the interior design business since 2005, and she opened her own firm, Julie Nolta Design, in 2008. While she’s always done a fair share of marketing and networking, Nolta decided to kick it up a notch earlier this year with one simple step: she joined the HBAMP.

“I just really wanted to get to know more people and learn about the industry and get more involved with the industry,” said Nolta, who as a member of a design team that decked out a home on the 2006 NW Natural Street of Dreams. “Networking is really important to my business, and getting referrals from people you know, people you trust, those are the best clients for me.”

Many HBAMP members have been with the organization for years; some even for decades. But at some point, they all were just starting out, and in a range of different ways, the HBAMP can be a big boost to new and growing businesses.

“Just looking over what all the HBAMP does, we saw a lot of potential benefits from signing up,” said Mark Nichols, owner of Nicholas Carpet Care, a full-service carpet and floor-cleaning company in Portland. Some contractors that Nicholas had been working with suggested he join the organization, which he did back in June.

Though he said it’s still a little too early to realize all the benefits that come with being a part of the HBAMP, Nicholas does see plenty of potential.

“We know that there’s a huge amount of benefit out there,” said Nicholas, who’s company has been around since 1992. “Just looking over all the things that the HBAMP does and offers, we see of lot that will be a big benefit to us.”

One of the many benefits of HBAMP membership, particularly for new businesses, is the ability to network extensively with other professionals across the entire homebuilding and remodeling industry. From regular lunches to special events and social functions, the HBAMP offers members all kinds of opportunities to meet, mingle and do business.

Nolta has been taking advantage of that aspect of her HBAMP membership since she joined in May. She said she’s gone to several different events, including the chili cook-off and a couple of social mixers. She’s also joined the PRO committee and talked to the Home Builders Foundation about possibly donating some of her services to their projects.

“I’ve met some really great people, and I love how active the organization is,” she said.

Photographer Paul Sivley has been an HBAMP member for years, and he’s made great connections for more than just his business through the association. This summer, he had some “pretty extensive work” done on his house. For that work, he only hired HBAMP members, including some who had referred business his way before.

“It’s a great way to develop business growth through two mutually beneficial directions,” he said, noting that he refers business exclusively to HBAMP members as often as he can.

For Brian Schmidt, owner of Brian Schmidt Builder and a current board member for the HBAMP, joining the association should be a no-brainer for anyone in the industry.

“I think it’s just a given that if you are going to be a builder that you ought to be a member,” he said. “They’re the ones working for the benefit of our industry, so we should all be a part of it.”

Though he started his own building company earlier this year, Schmidt’s history with the HBAMP goes back much farther than that. He used to work for Olsen Homes and saw how the HBAMP benefited that company. Case in point: the NW Natural Street of Dreams.

“When we did the Street of Dreams, we got a lot of business directly because of that,” he said.

Schmidt also noted that belonging to the HBAMP has other concrete benefits, as well. HBAMP members get fuel discounts from Supervised Fuels, up to 22 percent off Verizon cell phone packages, workers comp and insurance discounts from Montgomery and Graham Insurance and savings on credit card processing fees.

Another big benefit that HBAMP members can take advantage of — and save big money from — is the Oregon Home Builders Association Member Rebate Program. Through the free program, builders and remodelers who use products from a list of select manufacturers and then fill out a quick form are eligible for a quarterly rebate.

For any company, maximizing an HBAMP membership is not too challenging. Simply joining the association aligns industry professionals with a strong organization that provides valuable advocacy, representation and support for the homebuilding industry. But to really get the most out of the organization takes a little more effort.

“You’ve got to be willing to get involved and stick with it,” said Andrew Tull, a principal planner with 3J Consulting and the current chair of the HBAMP’s Government Affairs Committee and a member of the organization’s political action committee. “It’s not something that you can just fall right into. You have to be active.”

For Tull and 3J, who joined the HBAMP about three years ago, that’s meant being involved at the committee level and regularly attending HBAMP events and activities. He said doing so has also helped the firm focus its marketing efforts on areas that make the most sense.

“One of the mistakes that businesses make is by taking a shotgun approach to marketing and talking to anyone and everyone possible,” Tull said. “But getting into an organization like the HBAMP, you can narrow down your aim and focus your efforts on those most likely to use your services. It’s really helped us to establish the size of the market, who the players are and where we should be focusing our efforts.”

On top of the business benefits of belonging to the HBAMP, Tull also said the fun and camaraderie that come along with it are hard to be, as well.

“The HBAMP offers so many events and fun activities to do,” he said, noting that the association’s golf outings are among his favorites. “You really get the opportunity to talk to people and have fun with potential clients and develop friendships. That can take years if you don’t have a regular social setting like this. I’ve met a lot of really great people.”

Oregon Primary Measure 90 Fact Sheet

oregon-votesPrepared by the Every Voter Counts Committee

In November Oregonians will be asked to consider Measure 90, the Oregon Open Primary. Similar to initiatives passed by voters in California and Washington State, Measure 90 will provide Oregonians the opportunity to institute a top-two primary system in Oregon. Citing a strong desire to help elect more moderate, pro-business candidates to office in Oregon, the Oregon Home Builders Association has voted to endorse Measure 90. The Every Voter Counts Committee, the Yes on Measure 90 political action committee has prepared the following fact sheet on Measure 90. We hope that this information will help convince you to support Measure 90 on the November ballot.

What is the Oregon Open Primary? The Oregon Open Primary (also referred to as the “nonpartisan primary” or “top-two primary”) is an election reform that makes all voters equal in all elections. It replaces Democratic and Republican Party primaries with a unified primary election open to all voters, regardless of party affiliation, and including non-affiliated voters. All candidates for a particular office are listed on a single primary ballot. Every voter chooses one candidate. The top two candidates advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof.

Why is it so important to pass Measure 90? More than 650, 000 Oregon voters are not registered with a major party and therefore have no say in primary elections. Among voters under 40, 49 percent are not affiliated with a major party and are excluded from primary elections. It’s not just independents and minor party members who are shut out. According to a recent analysis by the Oregonian, 75 percent of Oregon’s legislative districts are no longer competitive in a general election, meaning that in urban Oregon elections are decided in the Democratic primary and in rural Oregon elections are decided in the Republicans primary. When you add together the independent and minor party voters with urban Republicans and rural Democrats, nearly one million Oregon voters (roughly 50 percent) have no meaningful say in who represents them in Salem.

What are the consequences of Oregon’s closed primary system? Because primary elections currently exclude so many voters, and because general elections are so often decided in the primary, candidates and politicians have little incentive to represent the views of their entire district or to work across the aisle to solve our biggest problems. Today, candidates and politicians aren’t accountable to all the voters in their district. They are only accountable to the narrow slice of the most ideological voters who turnout in partisan primaries.

What information will voters receive about a candidate’s party registration and en- dorsements? The party regis- tration (or lack thereof) of every candidate will be printed on the ballot. In addition, parties (both major and minor parties) can endorse candidates by conducting their own endorsement process that is approved by the Secretary of State. Therefore, voters will have more information about candidates under Measure 90 than they do under the current system. A candidate might be a registered Republican and also endorsed by the Republican Party and the Independent Party of Oregon. This helps voters determine “what flavor” the candidate is. Candidates may either accept or refuse the endorsements of political parties, preventing political gamesmanship by parties.

How is this different than the California and Washington System? Measure 90’s proposed system for Oregon is different – and better – in several key ways.

In Oregon “Party registration” status that would show on the ballot would be based on a candidate’s actual voter registration record – not on a candidate’s “expressed preference” for a party. Also, the cross-endorsement/fusion voting element described above is unique to the Oregon measure. California and Washington primaries don’t include endorsements. Thus, Measure 90 addresses a key gap in the California and Wash- ington system: helping voters distinguish between candidates.

Which races does the measure apply to? It will apply to all currently partisan local and state races. This includes all 90 Oregon legislative races; 4 state- wide offices (Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary of State;) U.S. Senate and Con- gressional elections; and some county elections still held on a partisan basis. Because of federal law, this does not apply to the Presidential primary

Wouldn’t this be a gamble? How do you know it will work? An Open Primary that allows all voters an equal say in every election isn’t new or unproven. In fact, it’s closer to what we already do in Oregon with the vast majority of elected offices: most county commissions, mayors, city councils, and school boards. It’s only a few (although admittedly high profile) offices like Congress, the Governor, and state legislature that use the closed party primary model. So ask yourself: do we think these levels of government work better than the hundreds of local governments that work to provide important basic services?

Could you end up with two Democrats or two Republicans running against each other? Yes. That’s why this system is better. In rural districts where only Republicans can win the general election and in urban districts where only Democrats can win the general election, the real choice is which Republican or which Democrat to elect. Under the current system, members of the dominant party make this choice for everyone else in their district. Under Measure 90, all voters will get to choose, with the added information of cross-endorsements from major and minor political parties.

Will this make campaigns for expensive? Currently, most legislative races are effectively over after the low-turnout primary, when only a small fraction of one party’s voters have cast ballots. By giving voice to non-affiliated, minor party, and the other major party voters in the primary and general election, more races will be competitive. That may mean more money gets spent, but it also means that all voters will have a real choice and that politicians will be accountable to all voters. That’s how Democracy is supposed to work and is a good thing. In an open primary, it’s not a wise use of resources to dump big money into a candidate who won’t appeal to the general electorate. Perhaps most importantly, if we successfully pass this reform, we will have the organizational foundation and coalition (and confidence) to challenge other intractable problems like money in politics.

Employment Opportunity: Executive and Government Relations Assistant

Posted October 9, 2014

Position Title: Executive and Government Relations Assistant

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Summary of Position: This position’s primary responsibilities include providing administrative support to the CEO, the Board and related HBA leadership groups. Also supports the Government Relations staff team. Additional responsibilities include coordinating key volunteer leadership activities of the association, helping plan and implement a couple of key leadership events, and providing additional executive level support and general office administration oversight as needed.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • -General administrative and executive support. Primarily responsible for ensuring the administrative needs of the CEO are well managed. Includes preparing reports, proposals, manuals, policies, correspondence and related items for presentation and distribution; coordinating travel arrangements; handling special recognition for staff and members; coordinating/scheduling weekly staff and senior management team meetings; some budget responsibilities. Also provides some support to the VP of Finance and Administration and the VP of Membership/Shows/Events.
  • -Leadership meetings coordination and support. Includes administrative support for the HBA Board, State Directors, National Directors, Finance Committee, Past Presidents Council, Production Builders Council, Professional Women in Building Council and other committees and task forces as assigned.
  • -Event and activity planning coordination. This position would be the lead for the two smaller fundraising events for the Government Affairs team. This includes the PAC Poker Tournament with an attendance of 50 people as well as the PAC Pitch & Putt Tournament with an attendance of 80 people. Also includes planning smaller hospitality and recognition functions and assisting the Event Staff with the Builders Ball with an attendance of 200 people.
  • -Government Relations administrative support. Our government and political relations team of two reports to and works in conjunction with the CEO on HBA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of our industry. This position provides administrative support for these efforts and can be more involved on assisting with reports, plans and other work.
  • -Records maintenance. Maintaining the permanent records and contracts of the association as well as the files related to leadership and executive activities and meetings.
  • -Additional responsibilities include: HR administrative support, front desk support, home show operations support.

Position Requirements:

  • -Ability to provide leadership/administrative support to senior level management positions.
  • -Event coordination experience.
  • -Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Publisher or InDesign skills desired.
  • -Excellent interpersonal talents.
  • -Ability to take actions and use sound judgment with minimal supervision.
  • -Advanced written, verbal and organizational skills
  • -Professionalism that shows in appearance, attitude and work performed.
  • -Occasional evening and weekend meetings/event attendance required. Is able to work required hours to get the job done.
  • -Knowledge of home building, development or related housing issues a plus.
  • -Background in a non-profit and/or trade association environment a plus.
  • -High school degree required, college course work or degree preferred. At least three years experience in executive level administrative support preferred.

Values Needed

  • -Commitment to HBA’s desire to create a work environment where employees act with integrity, pursue excellence in actions and attitudes, foster creativity, respect colleagues, build camaraderie and earn and exercise trust.
  • -The process of involvement and consensus building among members and organizational partners can achieve better outcomes worth the extra time and effort.
  • -Homeownership plays a vital role in successful communities.
  • -The home building and remodeling industry’s success is vital to our region and it can best adapt when market-driven or incentive-based approaches are the primary drivers.
  • -Government’s ability to provide a well planned, consistent and efficient regulatory, land use and building environment that provides stability to the development and building processes and balances the region’s economic and environmental needs will help the industry provide housing more effectively and affordably.

Compensation and Benefits: Full-time, salaried, exempt position. Base salary range commensurate with experience, $30,000 – $35,000 annually. Association offers a 401(k) safe harbor plan with employer match, medical/dental/vision insurance for employee, long and short-term disability, and other benefits to qualified employees.

Summary of HBAMP: local non-profit trade association representing the residential building and remodeling industries in the metropolitan Portland area. Association has approximately 1300 members, a staff of 17, and a $4 million annual budget. Major activities include consumer shows (e.g. Street of Dreams, Tour of Remodeled Homes, Home & Garden Shows and Ultimate Open House), political and government affairs work, educational and certification programs, networking activities and events, and public interest and relations efforts.   HBAMP is affiliated with state (OHBA) and national (NAHB) home builders associations.

People will do well in our work environment who: Have an interest in and are able to support the value of the home building and remodeling industries. Enjoy an active, event-oriented environment. Can work in an atmosphere where there is regular activity and member/staff interactions, even when it may be a little disruptive. Look for ways to be of help to others. Believe in the value of collectively working with staff and members to achieve goals, even when this may slow down the process. Able to work in an environment where priorities and responsibilities are laid out in general but need to be adapted to changes in needs or demands of the day/week.

Application Requirements: Please include a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and that also addresses the position requirements listed above. Direct application, salary requirements or history, and resume submissions to:

Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland

Attn: Annie McIntosh

15555 SW Bangy Road, Suite 301

Lake Oswego, OR 97035

anniem@hbapdx.org

Members! Update your listing for the 2015 Member Directory

2015 HBAMP Member DirectoryIt’s that time! We are busy coordinating the printing of our 2015 HBAMP Membership Directory. Make sure your company name, contact and other information is correct by October 17!

How to update your Member Directory listing

Please review and correct your company name and contact information in addition to your two business “categories” through our member database to insure the correct information for the printed 2015 HBAMP Member Directory.

To view your current business categories for potential changes:

  1. Visit www.hbapdx.org/directory and find your company to view your “Related Categories.”
  2. To change your current categories, or add a second one, contact Sarah at sarahh@hbapdx.org or phone (503) 684-1880. If they look good – you’re done here!

To view your current company name and contact information and make necessary changes for yourself:

  1. Visit www.hbapdx.org/member-login by choosing the “Member Login” from the home page and enter your username and password (check your email for a recent reminder of your username and password!)
  2. Select “Update Your Contact Information” from the sidebar menu. Make any changes here and click “Save Change Requests” located at the bottom of the page. The people listed under “Contacts” are your company’s members with the HBA. If there is someone listed here who should not be or we’re missing someone you expect, please contact Sarah at sarahh@hbapdx.org or phone (503) 684-1880.
  3. To change your organization or company information select “Employees Box” at the bottom of the page. Click “Edit” to make changes. Please ONLY make changes to the Organization Name, Display Name and contact info, and click “Save Change Requests.” If there are changes to the Relation Type, Title and any of the checkboxes at the top, please contact Sarah at sarahh@hbapdx.org or phone (503) 684-1880.

Is Metro ‘Stack and Pack’ housing plan going to work?

Asa_Apartments_Portland_300_cropDoes recent Residential Preference Study impact Metro’s growth plans?

Our regional government, Metro, is responsible for planning for job and housing growth in our region and managing our Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Every five years, they are required to produce an Urban Growth Report and make necessary decisions to accommodate planned growth. This report looks ahead 20 years, plans on ways to efficiently use lands to accommodate jobs and housing growth, and ultimately gives the Metro Council guidance on whether or not any expansion of the UGB is necessary.

Below are some resources related to this work and HBA’s efforts to engage in the process.

Residential Preference Study: click here to access the press release from Metro, as well as the Executive Summary and full Study

Urban Growth Report: click here to link to the full report, including all of the appendices. See also our recent post “Metro’s draft Urban Growth Report sees things differently from builders

Various local newspaper stories run on Residential Housing Preference Study:

9/5/14 www.oregonlive.com/front-porch/index.ssf/2014/09/how_do_portlanders_want_to_liv.html

9/9/14 www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2014/09/houses-condos-or-apartments-new-study-shows-where.html

9/9/14 www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2014/09/houses-condos-or-apartments-new-study-shows-where.html

9/9/14 portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/232720-96765-where-do-most-want-to-live-in-the-suburbs

9/9/14 www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/preserving_housing_choices_in.html

9/18/14 portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/233745-98222-our-opinion-public-isnt-embracing-a-denser-future

10/2/14 portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/235427-99917-how-smart-is-regions-growth-plan

10/2/14 portlandtribune.com/pt/10-opinion/235431-100132-my-view-metro-ignores-housing-needs-desires

Residential preference presentation for the HBMP summarizing the Residential Preference Study and some highlights of the UGR as well as HBAMP’s work on these issues (given by HBAMP CEO Dave Nielsen at the HBAMP Lunch.Learn.Link on September 11, 2014)

Contact Us: Call Us at: 503-684-1880 // Email Us at: info@hbapdx.org