HB 2007: An Introduction

Thu, 06/08/2017 (All day)

House Bill 2007 was introduced by Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, with the goal of bringing more housing to Oregonians. Communities across Oregon are facing challenges in providing housing for all of their residents. HB 2007 takes significant steps towards implementing land use Goal 10, by making abundant, diverse, and more affordable housing available to more people of all ages, abilities, incomes, and backgrounds in every neighborhood.  

HB 2007 does this by:

  • Fast tracking affordable housing building permits
  • Strengthening requirements for clear & objective review standards for housing developments.
  • Streamlining local government procedures to make it easier to provide more housing, and especially affordable housing, in all Oregon communities.
  • Allowing additional dwelling units (ADUs) and duplexes in single-family neighborhoods.
  • Allowing religious institutions to use their property to develop affordable housing.
  • introducing higher levels of transparency in the historic designation process and closing loopholes that circumvent public participation.  
  • Directing the Department of Land Conservation & Development to study the amount of time cities take to decide housing applications, identify barriers to speedier decisions, and report back to the Legislature.

This bill does not:

  • Prevent neighborhoods from being designated a National Historic Place on the National Register.
  • Prevent neighborhoods from going through a local process to receive additional protections beyond those specified in the bill.
  • Change anything for existing primarily residential districts on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Eliminate discretionary design review. The bill requires that local jurisdictions offer a clear and objective path but does not preempt them from having alternative review paths.
  • Eliminate design review. Clear and objective standards currently include design standards.
  • Promote large condos in single family zones, ONLY ADUs and duplexes, which are smaller structures. 

1000 Friends supports housing that meets the needs of all Oregonians, while preserving and protecting our resource lands from sprawl. That means we promote housing in connected communities, where people have access to their work, school, healthcare, public amenities, and transit. HB 2007 takes significant steps to help meet Oregon’s housing challenges while ensuring people have access to opportunity in connected communities.


You can read more about our values and choice to support this bill here
Read our Partner Letter of Support here
Read our op-ed in support of HB 2007 here
Read our testimony to the Legislature here
Read our one-pager fact sheet here
Read Rep. Koteks' fact sheet about HB 2007 here
Read the bill in its entirety here
Letter of Support Outline here
Find your Representative and Senator here

Interesting Information:

  • Households are getting smaller - 2/3rds of Oregon families are now 1 - 2 person households.
  • "When new housing development is … precluded in neighborhoods with political capital to implement even stricter local barriers, the new housing that does get built tends to be disproportionately concentrated in low-income communities of color, causing displacement and concerns of gentrification in those neighborhoods. Rising rents region-wide can exacerbate that displacement." From the White House Housing Development Toolkit, 2016
  • "The advent of historic preservation in the 1960s is also part of this trend.  Historic preservation districts effectively remove parts of the city from the stock of developable land and impose additional approvals for development within them.  This makes development more expensive or prevents it outright, both of which raise housing prices in high-demand areas.” From the Stanford Law and Policy Review’s The New Exclusionary Zoning, 2014  
  • “At the regional level, both market-rate and subsidized housing reduce displacement pressures,” and that “subsidized housing has over double the impact of market-rate units.” UC Berkeley, Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships, 2016
  • 69% of Oregon cities expect property taxes to fall short of the cost of providing current services. It is way too expensive to be adding new infrastructure and services by building out, rather than connecting new housing to our existing infrastructure. - 1000 Friends of Oregon, More Extensive is More Expensive, 2013
  • Depending on the region, Oregon communities have an effective 0 - 3% vacancy rate for housing, not enough to allow for population increases or mobility.
  • One-third of renter households pay more than 50% of their income on housing.