Oregon Ponders Plan and Zoning for Mix of Housing at a Range of Price Points

Posted by on Oct 13, 2022 in News | 0 comments

Oregon Ponders Plan and Zoning for Mix of Housing at a Range of Price Points

OREGON, WISC. – (WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE OREGON OBSERVER): A plan for a development by homebuilder Veridian Homes that included a mix of housing types and price points was discussed at a public meeting in Oregon. The Greenfield Preserve neighborhood plan, along with proposed zoning changes and what it takes to make housing affordable, was discussed at a public meeting in Oregon.

“The average ‘for sale’ price in Oregon is $474,330, nearly 39% higher than the median home value in 2021,” Veridian President Chris Ehlers said when discussing the mission of the company to provide affordable housing in Oregon. Greenfield Preserve’s 208 homes aim to target numerous consumer groups, including: first-time homeowners, move-up buyers, luxury and estate buyers, active adults downsizing and multi-family residents.

Public comments included one community member questioned defining $300,000 homes as affordable. Others attended to speak out against the idea of 22 twin homes connecting the neighborhood to the already-established single-family homes on Perry Parkway.

“We do this because it really offers a point-of-entry, an attainable point-of-entry for people who are looking to buy in Oregon but can’t afford what is currently on the market or available,” said Vandewalle & Associates’ Brian Munson on the decision to include the 22 twin home units.

“It’s a nice design,” one resident who lives on Perry Parkway said. “We’re just against the zoning changes that would place duplex, high-density housing adjacent to our neighborhood.” 

Ehlers has said Veridian will continue to look at alternative neighborhood configurations to respond to community concerns.

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