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Fwd: PUBLIC INPUT: Buildable Lands Inventory

September 14, 2017
Hello Sherri,

I trust that this finds you well.

I am responding to your April 20 email about the Buildable Lands Inventory. You 
know about the "Community Conversations" workshops on land use planning?

I recommend you bring up the issue at one of those workshops. If you cannot 
attend any of the workshops, maybe direct your comments to the Director of 
Housing and Community Development Paul Bilotta.

Thanks. Enjoy the fall.

Best wishes,
Bill Glassmire

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Carla Holzworth" <Carla.Holzworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Mayor and City Council (External Website Publishing)" 
Cc: "Mark Shepard" <Mark.Shepard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "paul bilotta" 
<Paul.Bilotta@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "Jason Yaich" 
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:04:35 AM
Subject: PUBLIC INPUT: Buildable Lands Inventory

Name/Address: Sherri Johnson, 717 NW 33rd Corvallis, OR 97330

Topic: buildable lands inventory

Meeting Date: 4/20/2017   Submission recorded on 4/19/2017 10:01:04 PM

Dear Council,

I am concerned about the city search for buildable lands without having a good 
inventory of what is available, in short supply and plentiful presently.  
Before there is much discussion about Buildable Land Inventory, I would really 
like our Community Leadership to review what we currently have in Corvallis, 
before we make decisions about what is needed.

I think we need to start talking about densities by the bedroom rather than the 
type of structure, since we know that a 5 BD, 5 bath house isn't the same as a 
2 BD, 1 bath house but both are considered Single Family housing. Perhaps what 
we would find is that we need more 2-3 BD units, whether they are apartments or 
stand alone houses or duplexes, whatever the zoned density.

We might also find that by using number of bedrooms rather than number of 
structures, Chintimini or other neighborhoods with lots of new buildings, might 
be overbuilt for their assigned density, and that would change our perception 
of what we need for the future.

We are hearing that Corvallis doesn't have enough high density zoned land for 
building, based on an older allocation of what the Community should have, and 
that much of the new building has been "single family housing" that aren't 
really single family houses, but instead are 4- 5 bedroom boarding houses, 
rented by the room.

If you were to request an analysis, using existing information in the Benton 
County tax assessments, there is a huge amount of data that could be evaluated 
to help us understand what is available currently within the Urban Growth 
Boundary and  what has been built recently (how many bedrooms and bathrooms per 
house, size of lot, where they are located).

Thank you for your work to plan for the best Corvallis into the future!

Contact Info: sherrijohnson717@xxxxxxxxxxx

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