HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

More middle housing: Some have doubts

Written February 8th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany is working on changing its development code to allow more “middle housing” as demanded by the legislature, but some on the city council doubt that it’s a good idea or that it’ll work.


Albany’s ADU flap: It’s not over yet

Written November 13th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s struggles over the size of permitted “accessory dwelling units” or ADUs appeared to have ended last month, but not so fast. Now the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals may get involved.


900-foot ADUs: Albany amends its code

Written October 29th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The long Albany council dispute over accessory dwelling units hit another milestone with the adoption of code amendments that make it official: These secondary units on single-family lots can be up to 900 square feet if they meet other requirements.


A hearing on two doors: It wasn’t much

Written December 23rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

When the Albany Landmarks Commission convened last Wednesday night for two “quasi-judicial public hearings” about minor repairs to an old house, it was over pretty quick.


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.


Accessory unit: A family’s quest stymied

Written August 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

When you see the spot where Marcie Howard and her husband, Gary, would like to build a small house on the property of their son, it’s hard to see why the city of Albany and Mayor Sharon Konopa won’t let them.


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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