HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Parking and shrubs: Just wondering

Written November 30th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

What were they thinking? It’s no big deal, but that’s what I was wondering when I looked at this bit of landscaping in the Albany Fred Meyer parking lot on Wednesday afternoon.


Albany tries to cut red tape downtown

Written August 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany city officials want more building and business downtown. To that end they’re launching a review of the city development code, hoping to get rid of regulations that needlessly stymie developers and builders.


As if water was plentiful and cheap

Written August 17th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Drought or no drought, we keep adding lawns that need irrigation to look as lush as this one. Does that make any sense? So far the answer is both yes and no.


 
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