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The City of Albany is beginning a study to learn about available and needed housing and economic development opportunities. The project will include an inventory of land that is available and suitable for development, and analyses of housing needs and economic opportunities. The City last adopted a housing needs analysis in 2006 and an economic opportunities analysis in 2007.

The study will include historic residential and employment growth trends; projecting future growth and land needed to accommodate it to the year 2040, and will recommend policy and strategies to address housing needs and economic development. It should provide a clear understanding of the city’s capacity for development within the city limits and Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) with strategic methods and policies to direct residential growth and realize economic opportunities. 

The analyses will fulfill statewide Planning Goals 9 and 10 and the requirements of ORS 197.296 -197.314.

Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, Albany City Hall
333 Broadalbin Street SW

The city’s consultant team will share initial results of Albany’s capacity to accommodate projected residential, commercial and industrial growth. Community members will have the opportunity to weigh in on early findings and suggested strategies to address projected housing and employment needs. 


Process and timeline

The project began in July 2019. Here is what’s happening: 

Residential Buildable Lands Inventory

Determine the amount of available land in each residential and mixed-use zoning district using digital mapping data and other sources. Summary data and maps will show vacant, partially vacant and re-developable land and constrained lands within Albany’s city limits and UGB.

Employment Lands Inventory

Determine the amount of available land in commercial and industrially zoned and designated lands within the city and UGB.

hna timeline

Housing Needs Analysis

  • Meet with City staff and key stakeholders
  • Inventory existing housing units
  • Evaluate demographic, housing, economic, and construction trends 
  • Analyze projected future growth, housing demand, and new housing units
  • Forecast housing and land needs to the year 2040
  • Identify potential measures to accommodate future housing needs
  • Identify potential policy to address specific housing needs 

Economic Opportunities Analysis (concurrent with housing needs)

  • Review local, state, regional and national employment trends by sector
  • Analyze the city’s economy in the context of the region and state to identify comparative and competitive advantages and disadvantages 
  • Meet with staff and key stakeholders to identify industry needs and trends and gain insight into challenges or economic opportunities for the city
  • Prepare employment forecasts and associated land needs to the year 2040
  • Develop objectives, policies and implementation strategies 
  • Identify specific steps and strategies to grow industries with the greatest growth potential and to sustain existing industries and employers

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Or, call Anne Catlin at 541-917-7560.

This page will be updated with dates for other project meetings and events as they are scheduled.