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Housing Capacity Analysis

  • The housing capacity analysis project (also known as the housing needs analysis project) will evaluate Gresham’s housing situation to identify specific housing needs for the next 20 years.

    Project description

    The project will:

    • Review demographics data, including race, ethnicity and age, as well as people experiencing disabilities and/or houselessness.
    • Develop a 20-year housing needs projection.
    • Develop an inventory of buildable lands.
    • Determine residential land needs.
    • Recommend changes, if needed, to Gresham’s comprehensive plan and land use regulations.

    Project information

    • Status and Updates
    • Project Background
    • Contact
    Status and Updates

    Project progress and schedule

    • On Aug. 17, City Council voted unanimously to adopt the 2021-2041 Housing Capacity Analysis into the City's Comprehensive Plan. The enactment reading for the Comprehensive Plan update is scheduled for Sep. 21, with an anticipated effective date of Oct. 21.
    • View the April 8 open house presentation.
    • View the June 7 Planning Commission presentation.
    • The Planning Commission public hearing on adoption of the housing capacity analysis into the Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for June 28.
    • A City Council roundtable to view the HCA findings is scheduled for July 20.
    • The City Council public hearing on adoption of the housing capacity analysis into the comprehensive plan is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    • This project started in September 2020 and will be completed in fall 2021.

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    Project Background

    House Bill 2003

    The Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 2003 in 2019 to help communities meet the diverse housing needs of Oregonians.

    The law requires Gresham to study the future housing needs of its residents and to develop strategies to encourage production of that needed housing. The two main requirements of HB 2003 include:

    • The bill requires that every six years Gresham analyze what housing is needed for current and future residents for a 20-year period (the housing capacity analysis).
    • The bill then requires that within one year of completing the housing needs analysis, Gresham complete a Housing Production Strategy that lists specific actions the City can take to promote the development of all identified housing needs.

    The results of the this project will be used to inform numerous housing-related initiatives, including the subsequent housing production strategy.

    Mary Phillips, Senior Comprehensive Planner