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Talent Housing Code Update

City of Talent

Every region of Oregon is experiencing housing availability or affordability problems, or both. In some cases, the comprehensive plan for the urban area is out of date so housing needs have not been determined. In other cases, the need may be known but the zoning code presents barriers to development of needed housing or does not allow a variety of housing types to meet the diverse needs of residents.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is providing technical assistance to the City for the purpose of increasing the supply and affordability of housing within the boundaries of the City. Technical assistance is in the form of direct assistance in the completion of products used to update comprehensive plans and zoning codes, or adopt other housing strategies, to help ensure that the City can satisfy its housing needs and to ensure the amended code allows, and does not include barriers to development of needed housing.

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(schedule subject to change)​

February 28, 2019 - 6PM @ Talent Town Hall (rescheduled to March 12th)
Planning Commission meeting with consultants for project overview and draft code updates.
Housing Concepts Memo (2/12/2019)
March 12, 2019 - 6PM @ Talent Town Hall

Planning Commission meeting with consultants for project overview and draft code updates.
Housing Concepts Presentation (3/12/2019) 
March 28, 2019 - 6:30PM @ Talent Town Hall
Planning Commission Housing Code Study Session
April 17, 2019
City Council meeting for review and possible adoption of Planning Commission recommendations relating to Efficiency Measures and Housing Element implementation.  
April 24, 2019 - 6PM - 8PM @ Talent Town Hall
Public Open House - Code Update Concepts
Housing Concepts Presentation (4/24/2019)
Open House Information Boards (4/24/2019)
Open House Comments and Questionnaire Form (4/24/2019)
April 25, 2019 - 6:30PM @ Talent Town Hall
Planning Commission Advisory Committee Meeting - Code Concept Presentation
Advisory Committee Presentation (4/25/2019)
June 4, 2019 - 6:30PM @ Talent Town Hall

Planning Commission Advisory Committee Meeting - Draft Code Language Presentation
July 25, 2019 - 6:30PM @ Talent Town Hall
Talent Housing Code Update Planning Commission Public Hearing. 

The Consultant will review the City’s comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and other land development documents and regulations to identify legal or policy issues related to residential development. This will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Evaluate development of a tiny house ordinance to allow for development of tiny houses clustered on a lot, possibly with the inclusion of park or open space.
  • Evaluate developing zoning standards for cottage housing, tiny houses, and multifamily housing based upon the number of bedrooms and/or size of unit rather than the number of units to encourage inclusion of studios and one‐ and two‐bedroom units in new residential developments.
  • Evaluate developing a Downtown Overlay that supports development of three‐story buildings (with a maximum of 45 feet) as a permitted use, rather than a conditional use.
  • Develop policies to allow ground floor residential use as a temporary use in commercial mixed‐use buildings. These policies should include provisions such as: design standards to ensure that the ground floor in new commercial buildings is designed for commercial use and zoning districts or overlay areas these uses are allowed.
  • Amend the City’s Site Development Plan Review regulations to subject multi‐family housing projects to more clear and objective standards.
  • Amend the City’s flag lot standards to allow more than two lots per flag lot.
  • Amend the City’s RS-5 and RS‐7 zoning districts to allow smaller lots
  • Develop a Medium Density Zone
  • Amend the City’s zoning regulations to include minimum densities (specifically in RM‐22 high density)
  • More generally, prepare any code amendments necessary to provide a clear and objective path for all land use decisions related to residential development and prepare amendments necessary to remove obstacles to the provision of needed housing
  • Other amendments as may be agreed to during the course of the project