A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Townhouse talk: A loss of local control

Written April 29th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division is preparing paperwork on a proposed subdivision of 80 townhouses off Gibson Hill Road in North Albany. Some people are upset about the project, but state law allows it and there’s not much they can do to prevent it.

A plan for the corner of Santiam and Main

Written January 24th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Yohn Baldwin has filed the site plan for a proposed development on the corner of Santiam Road and Main Street in Albany. But whether the project goes ahead may depend on how much the city requires to be done on Main.

Albany drops ‘family’ from city codes

Written October 17th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For some reason, the word “family” has become a bad word in connection with housing and zoning, at least in the eyes of the Oregon legislature and the governor.

What’s up at former Hertz lot? Let’s see

Written October 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A week or two ago, somebody asked me what was going on at the former site of the Hertz car sales lot on Airport Road in Albany. I had no idea but told him I would try to find out.

City gets site plan for a new dispensary

Written May 5th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division has issued a public notice of a proposed building project, called “Cannabros Albany” on one plan sheet and “Albany Dispensary” on another, off the eastbound leg coming off the Pacific Boulevard overpass.

Denser housing: Owner renews rezoning bid

Written September 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Six years ago the Albany City Council refused to rezone a single-family residential lot on Waverly Drive to allow construction of up to 35 apartments. Now the owner is giving it another try.

Mission impossible: ‘Affordable housing’

Written August 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The city government in Albany is going to try to do something about “affordable housing.” Good luck.

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