The purpose of this project is to develop an equitable and actionable Housing Implementation Plan (HIP). The HIP will evaluate policies and strategies that the City can employ to address Albany’s current and future housing needs, as identified in the City’s recently-adopted Housing Needs Analysis (HNA). The HIP will also build upon community conversations and support around the Expanding Housing Options project that updated the City’s development code and Comprehensive Plan to allow middle housing and comply with House Bill 2001.
The HIP will prioritize housing needs and outline actionable policies, strategies, and implementation steps needed to encourage the production of needed housing. Further, it will provide the foundation for updating the housing element of the Albany Comprehensive Plan.
The project goals and objectives are to:
Identify and assess policies and strategies to increase housing options and opportunities that meet the needs of Albany residents as projected in the 2020 HNA and raised by the public, and to evaluate incentives in House Bill 2001 to increase the affordability of middle housing.
Evaluate housing resources and constraints, including evaluation of existing strategies and recommendations for new actions to increase housing supply or provide regulatory streamlining.
Engage a broad spectrum of the community in conversations and input around housing needs and strategies using a variety of engagement strategies.
Adopt policies and tools that promote fair and equitable housing choices for all residents, especially residents of protected classes and those experiencing housing insecurity.
Key elements of the project will include identifying an initial “menu” of potential housing strategies; analyzing current data and trends related to housing needs and the local housing market; evaluating potential strategies based on their impact on the development of needed housing; prioritizing the most effective or viable strategies for achieving housing goals, with input from community members and stakeholders; identifying necessary implementation steps; and drafting a final Housing Implementation Plan and amendments to the Albany Comprehensive Plan.
Project Schedule Last updated: January 2022
The project is scheduled to be completed by April 2023. This project is funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD). A consulting team that includes Angelo Planning Group | MIG (APG/MIG) and Johnson Economics is assisting the City with this effort.