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Housing Advisory Commission Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019                                                                                                
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.                                                                                  
Lausmann Annex, Room 271
200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon
1.          Roll Call         
The meeting of the Housing Advisory Commission (HAC) was called to order at 12:00 P.M. in Room 151, Lausmann Annex, Medford on the above date with the following members and staff in attendance:
Commissioners Present Staff Present
Jeffrey Bender
Randell Embertson
Steven Erb
Debra Lee
Commissioner Absent
Jason Elzy 
Denise James
Randy Jones
Adam Rutledge
Paul Tanner
Angela Durant, Staff Liaison
Clay Bearnson, City Council Liaison
Madison Simmons, Legal Department
Cinthya Perezchica, Planning Department

2.          Homeless System Action Plan (D)
Staff led a discussion regarding The City of Medford’s Homeless System Action Plan (HSAP) and highlighted a few data-driven findings, seeking feedback on the recommended next steps, goals, and actions. The City consulted with LeSar Development Consultants for the creation of this plan.
With this research, the City has been encouraged by LeSar to take the following steps as quickly as possible: meet with key stakeholders to align visions, funding, priorities, and resources; aggressively pursue the creation of affordable and supportive housing; stimulate efforts to secure new resources that can have immediate impact; engage partners around outreach on the Greenway; support creation of low-barrier temporary housing programs; and begin to direct funding toward efforts that use best practices and demonstrate impact. Staff liaison Angela Durant explained that the City of Medford is shifting from building awareness (using the creation of the HSAP) towards taking action.
LeSar recommends pursuing action through the implementation of five goals: 1) Increase affordable and supportive housing; 2) Increase leadership, collaboration, and funding; 3) Address unsheltered homeless encampments; 4) Increase temporary housing programs and successful placements, and 5) Increase diversion and prevention strategies.

 3.            Pre-Approved Accessory Dwelling Unit Plans  
Discussion tabled to next meeting.

Mrs. Durant discussed a potential OnTrack housing project called “Generations” located in southeast Medford, which would consist of construction of a mixed-use, intergenerational, mixed-income housing of 84 units, as project has previously been vetted through the City’s process, received prior approvals, and lain dormant for several years. While OnTrack is not interested in being the sole developer, they may be interested in pursuing partnerships.

Staff asked if the commissioners would like to learn more from OnTrack regarding this prospective project; commissioners agreed.

4.            Adjourned
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

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