The Lincoln City City Council met this week to make sure the council was on the same page as city staff which includes many long-mentioned tactics to put affordable housing within reach of Lincoln City residents that are at low to lower middle incomes.
Items put on the table included Lincoln City’s high volume of buildable properties that the city itself owns. City Planning Director Richard Townsend said the city could start selling off its considerable inventory of lots and then direct those funds toward affordable housing…down-writing new affordable housing projects in terms of system development charges (streets, sewers, schools, etc.), construction excise taxes and other building fees.
Townsend and the council also discussed developing a master plan for the Villages wherein lands could be sold for regular development and using those proceeds to either include affordable housing around town which is optimally placed near shopping, jobs, transit and the beach.
Further discussions on all this is coming up at the next council meeting August 14th at which time some definite decisions could be made. Bets are that because the needs are great, the options are many and that the town’s housing crisis is hurting the local economy the council may start adopting some of the aforementioned strategies to bring down the cost of housing.