The City Council will hold a public hearing January 27 on proposed code changes resulting from the Multifamily Housing Design project. The public hearing is at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 555 Liberty Street SE, Salem.
You can review the proposed code changes on the project website.
The proposed code changes update Salem's design standards for multifamily housing, which is development with three or more dwelling units. They aim to help meet our community's housing needs by removing barriers to the development of multifamily housing and ensuring that new development is compatible with Salem's neighborhoods.
The Multifamily Housing Design project started in the fall of 2018 with help from a consultant team and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, which funded the project. The community provided input on the project through open houses, focus groups, and an online survey.
On Nov. 19, 2019, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the proposed code changes with seven revisions.
The proposed code changes implement recommendations in the Salem Housing Needs Analysis (HNA). The HNA found that Salem's portion of the urban growth boundary has a projected 207-acre deficit of land designated for multifamily housing (2,897 units) based on a 20-year population forecast.
To learn more about the Multifamily Housing Design project, visit the project website.