In every Oregon legislative session there are some land use bills introduced which make me think, "How the heck did this turkey legislation get hatched?"
Case in point for 2017 is SB 1024, which I've heard is supposed to address the affordable housing crisis. Except, it doesn't. Not at all.
After reading the short bill, I'm convinced (along with many others) that SB 1024 is just the latest attempt to undermine Oregon's highly successful land use system.
It would double the number of dwellings allowed on rural residential lots and prohibit county regulators from preventing someone who already has a home on rural residential property from building another one on the same lot.
As I said in testimony I just submitted to the Senate Committee on Human Services, where SB 1024 inexplicably landed even though it really is a land use bill, this is crazy. You can read my testimony below.
There's a work session on SB 1024 next Monday, April 17. If you also feel that this bill is a very bad idea, submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Human Services ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org