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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Extra-house issue still roils Albany council

Written December 5th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The conditions for allowing detached accessory dwelling units — essentially little houses in backyards — continue to divide Mayor Sharon Konopa from four members of the city council. They’ll try for a compromise in January, but what shape that will take no one knows.


Accessory dwellings: The veto stands

Written August 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you’re keeping track of City Hall news, and even if you’re not, Mayor Sharon Konopa’s veto of a code change on accessory dwellings has been upheld. Now she’ll work with the city staff to come up with a version she likes better.


Accessory dwellings: A needless flap

Written July 23rd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The city council flap over accessory dwellings was not resolved on Monday, and a closer examination makes me wonder why there’s a flap in the first place. Fixing Albany’s development code to align with a new state law should have been no big deal.


 
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