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The group will review two proposals for a Housing Needs Analysis at their upcoming meeting on Monday, May 10.

 COURTESY PHOTO: MAXIMILLIAN CONACHER ON UNSPLASH - The Estacada City Council will continue the discussion of a Housing Needs Analysis at its next meeting.

The contract for the city of Estacada's upcoming Housing Needs Analysis will likely be approved at the City Council's next meeting.

City staff received two bids for the project, one of which was incomplete. Because of this, only the bid from Angelo Planning Group was included in the Council's informational packet. For the sake of transparency, a majority of councilors opted to wait until the next meeting and requested that both bids be included in the packet for review during the group's next meeting on Monday, May 10.

"I'm more into waiting until we see the other, even unfinished, proposal," said Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine. "It's a big ticket item, and I want people to know what we're doing and how we're doing. Complete and utter openness is what this is really all about."

Prior to the 2019 Clackamas County Regional Housing Needs Analysis that included preliminary findings for Estacada, the city's most recent housing needs analysis was from 1979. The 2019 preliminary HNA guided the development of zoning changes adopted last year that create six new zones to allow for more more dense and diverse housing types.

Estacada City Planner Taylor Campi described the 2019 HNA as a good preliminary starting point.

"What you get is a kind of preliminary set of findings that gives you a kind of high level snapshot of the housing needs," she said. "That didn't involve very robust, if any, local public involvement, and inquiry of what the local community of Estacada wants and needs."

Estacada's new Housing Needs Analysis will include a supply analysis of the current stock of housing and buildable and redevelopable lands, a demand analysis based on population growth and a housing strategy baked on policy analysis and community engagement.

In their bid, Angelo Planning Group said that services would not exceed $76,893 unless expressly authorized by the city. They planned to complete the work between May 2021 and July 2022.

The scope of work in Angelo Planning Group's proposal included project coordination and management; community engagement; creating a buildable lands inventory; preparing a housing and land needs projection; creating a comparison of future residential land needs and supply; developing a range of strategies can take to address future housing needs; and preparing an updated Housing Chapter for the City's Comprehensive Plan.

In other news from the Council meeting:

The Council approved a list of their goals for the year, including ones focused on community interaction, promoting community development, creating accessibility in the community, improving community assets, promoting public safety, and administration.

Councilors gave final approval to an ordinance adding erosion control measures to the municipal code.


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