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PAT members will advise the city on its development codes, policies and processes in an effort to increase the supply and variety of housing types constructed

Interested Oregon City residents and business people are invited to apply for a position on the Equitable Housing Policy - Project Advisory Team (PAT) by Sept. 8.

In December, the Metro Council unanimously voted to award a $100,000 grants to support equitable housing in Oregon City. Another $65,000 went to Milwaukie to study the feasibility of creating cottage clusters in the city's core area.

Oregon City PAT members will advise the city on its development codes, policies and processes in an effort to increase the supply and variety of housing types constructed throughout the city. By July 2018, new city codes are expected to encourage smaller single-family homes, duplexes, apartments, cottages, accessory dwelling units and other types of affordable housing. In July, Oregon City contracted $89,000 with consulting firm Cogan Owens Greene to assist this planning process.

"City Commission and staff are excited to hear from the community and citizens throughout Oregon City about how to provide more types of housing options," said Oregon City Planner Pete Walter. "The first step is forming a Project Advisory Team that represents a range of interests and perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on engaging communities of color and low-income populations and positively impacting housing choice and availability for those groups."

The PAT will meet up to five times between summer 2017 and spring 2018. If you are interested in applying to serve on the PAT, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-496-1568 to obtain an application form.

You may also download the PAT application and find additional information at orcity.org/planning/equitable-housing.

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