PSU population study shows slow growth in West Linn
According to recently-released estimates from Portland State University, West Linn's population has grown by 70 people, or about three-tenths of a percentage point, in the past year.
PSU, which each year releases population estimates for each city and county in the state, projected West Linn's population would be 25,975 by July 2021, only a marginal increase from the 2019 projection of 25,905. These numbers were on trend with the slow growth West Linn saw over the previous decade.
Now, the city of West Linn is trying to gauge what growth the future might hold and how that growth coincides with housing in the area. To help with this analysis the city recently launched a Housing Needs Analysis Survey and is asking community members to share their input.
House Bill 2003, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019 requires West Linn and other medium and large cities in the state to complete these studies.
The survey, which closes Jan. 17, asks participants whether they believe more single-family detached housing, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, cottage clusters or apartments would best fit the housing needs of the West Linn community. Additionally, participants must answer how well they believe each of these housing types would fit in their neighborhood.
The survey also asks respondents to consider people who don't live in West Linn but may consider moving there.
Based on the survey responses, the city will work with consulting firm Angelo Planning Group on a housing strategy to meet the requirements of HB 2003. Based on initial analysis, the city already predicts that more attached housing like townhomes, duplexes, triplexes and apartments will be needed in the future.
West Linn's neighbors Wilsonville and Lake Oswego saw their populations go up by 1.1% and .7% respectively, according to the PSU study.
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