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Southern Oregon’s Contemporary Regional Housing Plan

· housing,ashland,medford,oregon land use

By: Rand Campbell

A trend felt by many Oregonians, the high cost of housing keeps the prospect of buying a home far on the horizon. The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that an increasing portion of Ashland’s citizens can’t afford a median value home, forcing more people to rent. Portions of the City’s comprehensive plan dealing with local housing are roughly 30 years old. As a result, Ashland is working on a new solution.

Ashland and its neighbors are developing a regional plan for housing. Included in the plan are Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Eagle Point, and Central Point. They will implement a regional strategy encouraging a range of housing throughout their communities. With population forecasts calling for the area’s population to double over the next fifty years, contemporary solutions are welcome. The regions new policies hope to improve the housing market by promoting higher housing densities and boosting the opportunities to develop affordable housing.

Rand Campbell is a law student at Willamette Law. When he graduates in 2019, Rand is interested in practicing land use law in Central and Eastern Oregon. After externing for the firm this past summer, Rand is now working for Van Vactor Law LLC as law clerk.

Van Vactor Law LLC assists individuals, developers, and local governments address their land use needs, including zoning, appeals to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), subdivisions, zone changes, as well as site plan and conditional use applications.

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