Salem is growing and with that growth, comes a need for more housing.
By 2035 nearly 60,000 more people are expected to live in the Salem area, which is Salem’s portion of the urban growth boundary (UGB), according to the Salem Housing Needs Analysis (HNA). This projected population growth and Salem’s demographics trends are expected to result in the need for additional housing and more diverse housing types.
How the City is addressing housing needs
In 2016, City Council directed staff to implement a multi-year work plan to address Salem’s projected deficit of land for multifamily housing.
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
In 2016, the City started exploring rules about accessory dwelling units. An ADU, commonly known as a mother-in-law apartment, is a second dwelling unit that is attached to or detached from a main house on a lot. It is smaller than the main house.
Summary of the Housing Needs Analysis study
In 2014, the City conducted the HNA along with the Salem Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA). The purpose of the HNA was to develop strategies to provide enough land to meet Salem’s housing needs through 2035 and to inform policy decisions related to residential land.
The HNA found the following:
- Salem has a projected 1,975-acre surplus of land for single-family detached housing (9,131 dwelling units)
- Salem has a projected 207-acre deficit of land for multifamily housing (2,897 dwelling units)
The HNA, together with the EOA, confirmed that the existing UGB does not need to be expanded