More Salem property owners add apartments, cottages to increase housing

Over 50 permits to build accessory dwelling units, like a “mother-in-law” cottage or a basement apartment, have been filed so far this year. It’s twice as many as last year, and city planners say it’s something that will chip away at Salem’s housing needs. Officials hope to make the option more accessible with new ready-build plans.

Kotek’s housing council wants to make expanding cities easier, a tough sell in Salem

Members of a governor-appointed council say Oregon needs to temporarily loosen its land-use laws to meet Gov. Tina Kotek’s goal of building 36,000 homes per year – an idea that’s proved to be one of the more divisive proposals to address the state’s housing crisis.  Over the past few months,[Read More…]