HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Why these two houses are so narrow

Written February 12th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On a bike ride last week, the narrow shape of two houses under construction on Marion Street in southeast Albany caught my eye.


A smarter way to create more housing

Written February 9th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

In Oregon’s quest for more affordable housing, building on vacant or underused land inside cities makes far more sense that expanding urban growth boundaries to gobble up farmland.


Road request in nature area is blocked

Written January 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

A land owner’s plan for a road through a southwest Albany nature area to access his landlocked property along the Calapooia River is dead, for now anyway.


Where Albany plans for lots of growth

Written July 12th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Every once in a while the bike takes me to the part of Albany east of Interstate 5. It did so on Wednesday, which gave me a chance to take another look at the new Eagle Pointe apartment complex south of the roundabout on Knox Butte Road.


Housing development appears stuck in limbo

Written March 30th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

What happened to the plan to build 44 apartments and 11 single-family houses at the corner of Airport Road and Franklin Avenue, a plan approved by the Albany Planning Commission in August 2020?


Linn board nixes Millersburg land application

Written March 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Linn County commissioners voted 2-1 this morning to reject an application by Millersburg to add a 164-acre filbert orchard to its urban growth boundary on the town’s west side.


Oregon bill on housing and homeless falls short

Written March 11th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Leaders in the Oregon legislature say they want to encourage more housing to be built and to reduce the number of homeless people. That’s what they say, but their legislation does nothing to achieve that goal.


 
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