Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2456
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HREV/Overview
This bill allows counties to rezone up to 200 acres of lands within Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region from exclusive farm use to residential uses giving 5 years for tax deferral.
In order to have more industrial development for jobs in rural areas, they will need homes, which means access to land for development. House Bill 2456 A represents a recommendation by the Board to address a competitive disadvantage in workforce housing. Allows Border Region counties that have established a review board to rezone certain exclusive farm use lands for residential use, continue certain farm use tax deferrals, and establish an income tax credit for the seller of a new residential dwelling on rezoned land.
Puts the decision in the hands of the county and a 4-member review board to rezone if lands if limited to residential zoning that only allows the development of one residential unit per lot or parcel of two acres or more; lands are not high-value farmland or viable for reasonably obtaining a profit through a farm use; and the property owner agrees, as a condition of rezoning, to sign and record an irrevocable deed restriction acknowledging the protected rights of farm, forest, and range-land practices and waiving certain claims alleging injury from the same; the rezoning must comply with any other criteria adopted by the county.