The Lincoln City City Council Monday night will be trying to move some actual affordable housing to the head of the line by adopting procedures by which developers can make more money building them.
Part of the incentives for developers to build affordable housing is to be given density bonuses – literally more multi-family units per acre and therefore profit. But exactly what price range for either buyers or renters are affordable or not affordable have yet to be determined. It varies county to county and city to city all across Oregon.
City planning staff will tell city councilors Monday evening that the need is great but so is the need to do it right – knowing what the exact need is, what kind of housing will meet that need and how to make it worthwhile for developers.
Part of staff’s “take-it-slow” approach is what staff calls a four point check list that the city should deal with first. Like”
* Just what are the housing needs across the board in Lincoln City.
* How much buildable land does the city have?
* Need to define what affordable housing looks like and what their rents would be.
* A re-assessment of the city’s park needs if affordable housing was more available.
City staff says it would take them about a year to wade through the assessments, data, developing policies, action plans and then conforming city building codes.
Staff did suggest that if the council views the city’s affordable housing dilemma as being in dire need of fixing starting right away, staff could begin working with developers to consider density bonuses, pedestrian walkways and bikeways and recreation areas within developments, as well as specific designs of what affordable housing might look like.
The council will also be asked to look favorably upon a proposed TV series pilot that is expected to run on either cable channels or on major TV networks, depending on how successful it is. And the basic plot line is the life of a former big time news reporter in a major metropolitan area moving to the Oregon Coast and trying his/her hand at a more enjoyable, slower paced news career. The show would be about this reproter who works for a local newspaper in Nelscott City in Taft County. The show would feature Lincoln City’s major landmarks and civic draws and of course its unparalleled scenic beauty on land and sea.
State Representative David Gomberg has been working with film director and actor Ron West on the idea of the series. Gomberg says he’s confident he can get the Oregon State Film Office to kick in $40,000 toward the $80,000 start up cost. The second $40,000 would come from the Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau which had some carry over surplus from the current fiscal year’s budget. So we’ll see if any of it will fly.
The city council will also be reviewing their new bouncing baby city budget for the new fiscal year. They’ll have to see if all the budget meetings produced a workable financial plan for the new fiscal year that starts July 1st. All must cities must do that. It’s in state law.
The city council gavels to order Monday evening at 6pm at City Hall, 3rd floor, south end of the building.