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Housing and Community Development Commission Study Session Minutes

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Housing and Community Development Commission

Study Session

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

5:30 p.m.-6:45p.m.

Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m.   
  1. Roll Call

Present: Commissioners Marie Cabler, Bill Boehning, Rebecca Erickson, Carol Fiddler, Denise James, Paul Tanner, John Michaels and Staff Liaisons Angela Durant and Laura Stewart.

Absent: Commissioners Heidi Hill and Daniel Smith, City Council Liaison Dick Gordon
  1. Public Comments Ė None.
  2. 2018/19 Action Plan
Staff Liaison Angela Durant presented a summary of the 2018/2019 Action Plan:
  1. The Citizen Participation Plan requires two public hearings be held each year to discuss performance, one is the Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) meeting with public comments and the second is a City Council meeting.
  2. A list of the public and private entities the City of Medford has consulted and worked with regarding affordable housing, homelessness, health care, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence and other community initiatives is presented.
  3. The CDBG 2018/19 entitlement award is expected to be $722,034, $100,000 of which is permitted to be used for program administration.The combined leverage of all new and carryforward projects and programs for the 2018/19 program year is $19,151,340.
  4. The Targeted Annual Outcomes for the following topics were presented: Affordable housing, Emergency home repairs, Rental rehabilitation, Public infrastructure Improvements, Emergency rental assistance and Emergency, Transitional Housing for youth, Senior Citizen Facility Improvements, Youth Center conversion, Facility expansion and rehabilitation for persons with mental illness, Blighted properties, Wraparound services for youth and Housing related legal services
  5. CDBG Program Administration and Planning Department funds were used to hire Luken Solutions to coordinate a two-phase gap analysis on the existing homeless system within the context of HUDís expected components and best practices. The work included recommendations on how to alleviate the gaps, options for engaging stakeholders to help achieve expected components, estimated unit numbers needed for permanent housing of the homeless population, housing inventory of specialized housing, financial analysis of how to fill the gaps over the next 5 to 10 years and facilitate the convening of key community leaders to identify partners and develop a systematic approach to addressing homelessness.
  6. Southern Oregon University (SOU) completed a study and the results were presented to the Continuum of Care (CoC) board. Ms. Durant asked the Commissioners if they would like it to see the presentation and the Commission answered affirmatively.
    The Commissioners discussed affordable housing and the lack of inventory in Medford.  Commissioners expressed the need for smaller units like studios and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) to house young people and senior citizens.  Commissioner Paul Tanner explained the limited supply of smaller units is a result of the high cost of System Development Charges (SDC).  The SDCís for a studio or ADU are almost equivalent to that of a single family home, so building smaller units is not cost effective for developers.  Ms. Durant referred the Commissioners to AP-15 Barriers to Affordable Housing, which identifies this issue, however the actual cost of SDCís is not included.  Ms. Durant said the City is currently developing a SDC Deferral Program which will be implemented soon.  Ms. Durant said lowering SDC fees and incentives for building ADUís is a good topic to discuss further during a future meeting.
    Motion: I make a motion to extend the meeting until 6:45 p.m.
    Motion: Carol Fiddler                                     Seconded by: Bill Boehning
    4.         Remarks from Council Liaison, Commissioners and Chair - None
    6.         Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

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