Land Use learns about Metro's regional bond process


Land Use Housing Committee 1 17 18   Housing and transportation have risen to top-tier concerns for residents in the Portland metro area.
   Metro's Tyler Frisbee and Jes Larson met with the Land Use & Housing Committee to talk about two possible bond measures to address these issues.
   Larson presented information on a regional housing bond measure, which could be referred to the Metro Council for consideration by June and go to voters this November.  
   This housing measure would help address a lack of affordable housing in the region.
   The other measure being discussed is a possible regional transportation bond measure.
   Frisbee said it could go to voters in 2020.    
   Some committee members raised concerns about the short time frame for community outreach and partner engagement for the housing bond measure, while others recognize the difficulty in dealing with a quickly changing real estate market and the inability to plan without having the funding in hand first.
   The process for the transportation measure is almost opposite to where it will have almost all of the planning in place before going to voters.
   WEA will continue to follow these two processes and let members know when there is an opportunity to provide feedback.