OSU/city group seeks public input on housing issues

2013-01-26T09:30:00Z OSU/city group seeks public input on housing issuesBy JAMES DAY, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
January 26, 2013 9:30 am  • 

The Collaboration Corvallis neighborhood livability workgroup is holding a special public outreach meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Members of the public, neighborhood association leaders, property managers and landlords all are encouraged to attend to assist with workgroup discussions on rental housing issues.

The workgroup, one of three charged with looking at issues in Corvallis neighborhoods that stem from Oregon State University enrollment growth, will be discussing potential code and licensing programs.

Elements of the program might include:

• Adoption of a property maintenance code

• An inspection and licensing program for all rental housing units

• Coordination between the city’s existing chronic nuisance property ordinance and rental housing licensing

• An enhanced neighborhood outreach effort.

“These concepts are being considered in response to testimony received through the Collaboration Corvallis project regarding adverse impacts inadequate property maintenance and tenant behavior can have on neighborhood livability,” said project manager Eric Adams.

Adams noted that Corvallis received more than 650 complaints regarding “the habitability of housing” in 2012, with most of the issues involving rental properties.

The livability workgroup will be forwarding recommendations to the project’s steering committee by the end of February. All proposals approved by the steering committee then go to the City Council and OSU leadership for final approval.

In other meetings next week:

Tuesday

• The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold its monthly information sharing session at 9 a.m. at 205 N.W. Fifth Street. The commissioners will provide updates on their recent activities.

Friday

• The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets at

7 a.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 S.W. Madison Ave.

Saturday (Feb. 2)

• Ward Corvallis councilor Richard Hervey will be the guest at “government corner” from 10 a.m. to noon at the library.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day

FOR MORE INFO

• For an outline of a potential Corvallis property maintenance and rental housing program, see http://tinyurl.com/bdphbp5

• Written and public testimony will be taken at Tuesday’s meeting or can be submitted in advance via email to pm.corvallis.osu@gmail.com

Copyright 2015 Corvallis Gazette Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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