VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/SB608
This bill allows local governments to expand the Urban Growth Boundary when the number of new households in a jurisdiction exceed the number of new housing units and vacancy rates drop below six percent.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Provides more choices for housing at reasonable prices.
Decreasing state controls. Rents are rising faster than incomes, and this bill restores the balance of supply and demand. Oregon's soaring rent prices and housing shortages are caused by overly strict land use laws that restricts building new places to live.
Lessens restrictions on growth boundaries to accommodate a justified need.