HASSO HERING

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Albany mayor ends ADU fight with council

Written August 10th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Two years after it began in July 2018, the accessory-dwelling dispute between Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa and four city council members ended this afternoon when the mayor gave in.


ADU dispute: Is size really that crucial?

Written January 8th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

With Iran launching missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq, it seems ridiculous to write about “accessory dwelling units” or ADUs in Albany, but this website is mostly about local stuff, so what are you gonna do?


A new judge and, unrelated, an old debate

Written December 18th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Wednesday’s Albany City Council meeting, the last one of the year, featured someone new and something old. One was the next city judge. The other was a rerun of last year’s disagreement between the mayor and council majority over the size of accessory dwelling units.


Fuss over veto prolongs spat on ADUs

Written February 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council Monday went through the ritual of hearing the mayor’s veto message in regard to accessory dwelling units. Her opponents may try on Wednesday to override her veto, but at last report they lack the fifth vote to get that done.


Housing issue still divides Albany council

Written February 13th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon legislature wants more people to be clustered in existing single-family neighborhoods. But Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa says not here. So she is once again blocking a council-passed ordinance relaxing the city code on accessory dwelling units.


On ADUs, council plays Groundhog Day

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Eighteen people talked to the Albany City Council Wednesday about accessory dwelling units, most of them in favor of allowing larger ones. But it made no difference in the outcome: The mayor and two councilors want one thing, four councilors want something else, and nothing was resolved.


Council deadlocks on ADUs and boards

Written January 9th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

All was sweetness and light at the opening of the first regular meeting of the Albany City Council Wednesday. But it didn’t last as the mayor and councilors argued again about accessory dwelling units and also disagreed on who should appoint city advisory commissions and boards.


 
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