Proposed property zoning regulations will allow developers to build duplexes in any Oregon neighborhood with single family homes. In other words, your neighbor’s house can be replaced with a duplex without notice and without you having any recourse. State of Oregon HB 2007 started out as a laudable effort to require faster processing of permits for affordable housing projects. It has now expanded into a sweeping attempt to overrule local control over land use policy by overruling zoning ordinances established by City Hall. This is a first in a series of bills related to property issues that is being proposed by our state legislators
Follow the money: The Oregon Home Builders Association is behind this proposed bill.
Follow the social engineers: 1000 Friends of Oregon are also sponsoring this bill. They feel it is important to make available more affordable housing. In fact the consequences in the long run will be less affordable housing and a reduction of single family homes.
Follow the government: Speaker Tina Kotek in sponsoring HB 2007. With her help we can expect another layer of policing and regulation which will impact our property rights. Kotek obviously has her priorities mixed up. We want less government, not another burden on the taxpayers.
HB 2007 is being referred on a fast tract to Ways & Means in early June so please act soon. Here are a few options:
1. Voice your opinion by mailing a hard copy letter to our state representatives which will be more effective than emailing.
2. If you do not have time to mail something, write an email or call. Here are the important contacts:
Senator Richard Devlin, S 213, 900 Court St. N.E., Salem OR 97301
Rep. Ann Lininger, H-485, 900 Court St. N.E. Salem OR 97301
You might get in touch with Mayor Studebaker and our City Council members: http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/mayor-and-council
Taking a few minutes of your time to contact these folks could end up saving you a lot of grief.