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Bend Continues to Plan for Affordable Housing through a Unique Urban Growth Boundary Amendment
On September 1, 2021, the Bend City Council adopted a resolution that will help move forward an innovative affordable housing pilot program. A lack of affordable housing has been a problem in many Oregon communities for years, and numerous state and...
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After Four Years of Controversy, Portland Adopts the Residential Infill Project
After four years of deliberation and analysis, the Portland City Council adopted the Residential Infill Project (RIP) on August 12, 2020. According to the City, RIP legislation is intended to increase housing opportunities by opening up the types of...
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$55M to COVID-19-Impacted Tenants for Rent Relief
On Friday, June 5, a bipartisan committee of the Oregon Legislature unanimously made a series of decisions about how to spend $247 million in federal coronavirus relief as part of the CARES Act. The largest single element of the package is $55 milli...
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Let’s Get Back to Work! Construction Industry Personnel Considerations and Resources Related to COVID-19
With the recent reopening of Phase 1 construction in Washington and the eagerly awaited resumption of projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick snapshot of the key regulatory guidance and tailored Mi...
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Oregon Court of Appeals Gives a Boost to the State’s Provision of New Housing
On March 20, 2019, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”) in a decision interpreting ORS 197.307(4), which is the “clear and objective” requirement of the ORS 197.295-.314 needed housing statutes. Warren v. Washin...
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Condo Lien Gone Wrong: Summary Lien Procedure used Successfully to Challenge Excessive Condo Lien
ServPro filed a single lien on a condo for water damage remediation work in the amount of $183,945.09 but did not allocate proportionally the amount of its billing among the 20 units impacted. This mistake illustrates the difficulties in getting a li...
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