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Commissioner Says Land Use Laws Hamper Affordable Housing In Rural Oregon

BEND, OR -- Affordable housing is in short supply in most of Central Oregon. County Commissioner Phil Henderson says that’s due to urban focused housing requirements under state land use laws. Henderson says one change that would help would be to allow more housing on land with soils that are not, and will never be, suitable for commercial agriculture or forestry. Henderson says Deschutes county should reach out to southern, coastal and eastern Oregon counties also struggling with affordable housing issues to advocate for changes to land use laws that would benefit rural areas.  

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