Tigard council adopts resolution for affordable housing
The Tigard City Council last night adopted a resolution that essentially creates a roadmap for supporting an affordable housing plan for the city.
The resolution, which was unanimously approved by the council, in part states that there exists a "housing emergency in the City of Tigard and across the State of Oregon"
Last year, the Oregon Legislature provided a grant to Tigard and other cities to create affordable housing plans, resulting in ways to identifying strategies to increase such housing.
Some of the plan was influenced by the work of the Tigard Affordable Housing Task Force.
The plan includes 11 strategies to remove development barriers ranging from addressing future restrictive covenants, conditions and restrictions enacted by many homeowner associations (such as prohibitions on two dwellings in a single lot) to land banking.
In addition, the plan presents several possible permanent funding sources including consideration of imposing a 1% construction excise tax that could generate an estimated $746,000.
Other sources include joining Washington County to create a Community Development Block Grant program, which could be the source of $130,000 per year to support programs and projects under a joint agreement.
A third possibility is to create a tax increment set-aside for affordable housing in both the Tigard Triangle and the City Center Urban Renewal areas, ranging from 5% to 15% annually. The result would be bringing in between $45,000 and $135,000 in TIF set-aside in 2020.
In other action, the council repealed a portion of the city's municipal code that prohibited horses, ponies or goats from being led on a city sidewalk or pulling a cart or wagon. That's because a revised code adopted in 1977 no longer makes the requirement necessary. Anyway, even those caught violating the code in the old days didn't have much to fear with any fine imposed required not to exceed $10.