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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A project on vacant corner: 16 townhouses

Written November 23rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s city planning division has just approved a site plan for a set of 16 “townhome-style multifamily units” on the south side of town. The plans are a departure from the single-family development pattern that dominates land use farther west along Southwest 53rd Avenue.


No controversy: Two developments get city’s OK

Written November 9th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In what was pretty much a formality, the Albany Planning Commission has approved a 22-unit apartment complex on Southeast Salem Avenue and a 23-lot subdivision on Northwest Gibson Hill Road.


Albany housing: In the pipeline or being built

Written November 5th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Housing is being added in Albany at a steady pace and in many variations of type and size, and the planning for more continues.


Those trees on Waverly are likely to go

Written October 27th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The stand of bushes and trees you see on the east side of Waverly Drive between Salem Avenue and Pacific Boulevard is likely to disappear after the lot is rezoned for “medium-density” housing.


Request: Angled parking on one block of Fourth

Written September 19th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The last we heard about a plan to build eight apartments on Fourth Avenue at Calapooia Street was in May, when the Land Use Board of Appeals ruled in an appeal to block the project. Now the builders are back with a request to make this one block of Fourth one-way west, with angled parking […]


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.


More affordable housing in Albany? Fat chance

Written May 17th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

As far as planning projects go, the Albany City Council has made “housing affordability” its top priority. But no matter what the planning division comes up with, don’t expect housing to become less expensive or more “affordable” to more people any time soon.


 
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