Land regulators want compact, equitable and walkable housing
Oregon's growth management agency is moving ahead with new rules to spur denser housing development, more robust bicycle networks and less automobile parking in new developments.
The sweeping new development rules are designed to produce more compact communities where people are less dependent on cars and trucks in their daily lives and to provide more housing for people who have been marginalized.
"We're not trying to outlaw cars, but our investments really focus on automobile use," said Robin McArthur, the outgoing chair of the Oregon Land Development and Conservation Commission. "If we can balance that out and expand the transportation network to give people chances to walk and bike and use transit, in addition to their single-occupancy vehicle, that's a really good choice that people can make."
After a lengthy hearing Thursday, May 19, the commission decided to put off finalizing its rules until July. But it did adopt temporary rules so it can start doling out planning money to local governments in Oregon's eight metropolitan regions. The rules came under fire from several business groups, as well as city and county officials from around the state who protested they needed more time and money to work on revamping their zoning plans.
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