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Zoom video conferences on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 will consider solutions to problem.

The city of Newberg has slated a pair of online discussions to seek citizen input on the town's lack of affordable housing.

A Public Forum on Middle Housing is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, via Zoom, the online video conferencing site. It will concentrate on codes the city has adopted or is considering that will allow various forms of so-called "middle housing" — identified by the city as duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters and town homes — to be constructed.

The city is considering adopting the Newberg Middle Housing Code Assistance Project, which would bring the city into compliance with state mandates.

The forum will allow "attendees a chance to discuss their preferences and ask questions in between each presentation option," a release from the city said.

A questionnaire will be available for those unable to attend the meeting, or for those who wish to give additional input. To join in the discussion, visit or call 1-253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 997-1891-8307.

The city will also host an Online Community Discussion on Rent Burden from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.

"The (forum) is an opportunity for community members to provide input, share experiences and learn about the causes of rising rent in the community," the release said.

The results of the discussion will be submitted to the state's Housing and Community Services Department.

Newberg has been identified by the state as being "rent burdened," meaning that more than 25% of its renters pay more than 50% of their monthly income on rent.

To join in the discussion, visit or call 1-253-215-8782 and enter webinar ID 976-2215-5515.

For more information, email Community Development Director Doug Rux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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