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Housing Advisory Commission Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

From Public Hearing April 24, 2019
1.  Roll Call
The regular meeting of the Medford Housing Advisory Commission (HAC) study session was called to order at 12:00 p.m. in Room 151, Lausmann Annex on the above date with the following members and staff in attendance:

Commissioners Present
Steven Erb
Randy Jones

Commissioners Absent
Jeffrey Bender
Jason Elzy
Randell Embertson
Denise James
Debra Lee
Paul Tanner
Adam Rutledge 

Staff Present
Angela Durant, Staff Liaison
Clay Bearnson, City Council Liaison
Madison Simmons, Legal Department
Cinthya Perezchica, Planning Department

2.  Construction Excise Tax Program (CET) Administration and Request for Proposal Process
Staff liaison Angela Durant requested direction from the commission for target production and funding priorities, program goals and objectives, eligible activities and program requirements, general evaluation and scoring criteria, policy development regarding grants vs. loans, and a program name.
The staff objectives were to facilitate discussion, seek commission direction, and review administrative topics.
Mrs. Durant asked the commission if they would like to set annual housing production goals or base production on applications received.
Commissioner Steven Erb suggested setting a goal based on applications received (as this is the first program year) and eventually target annual production goals.
Commissioner Randy Jones said he prefers not to set a production or application goal for the initial six-month period; Mr. Erb agreed with Mr. Jones.
Mrs. Durant asked the commission to set the high and low funding priorities for this fund. Commissioners agreed that: transitional housing, land acquisition for affordable housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) should be considered high priorities.
Commissioners agreed that homeless shelter development should be designated as a low priority because it is not within this commission’s purview.
Mrs. Durant asked commissioners to create a goal for CET funding. The commission agreed that the goal should be to: “Increase, Improve and preserve supportive and attainable housing to meet the needs of the citizens of Medford.”
Mrs. Durant asked commissioners to define objectives; the commissioners agreed to parallel Bend’s list of objectives as a model.
Commissioners discussed program-related eligible activities, agreeing to the following: direct ownership assistance, rental assistance, landlord incentives, and homeless housing.
Commissioners also talked about incentive-related eligible activities, as follows: System Development Charge (SDC) waivers, development fee waivers or reductions, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) permit-ready plans.
Mrs. Durant explained that some funds will need to be reserved in case of economic downturn and for payback of loan of initial funding.
3.  Adjourn
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

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