Oct. 26, 2019 — On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the City of Florence will host an informational session regarding the update to the residential housing codes. This informational session will start at 5:30 p.m. at Florence City Hall, 250 Highway 101. The community is invited to come and hear a brief presentation on the housing code updates. Staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the changes.
Florence’s residential zoning and land division codes are more than 39 years old and reflect development patterns and housing styles of that period. These codes do not support the housing types needed to meet the city’s projected housing needs. One of the main challenges of these outdated codes is that they prevent construction of affordable “missing middle” housing types such as townhouses, duets, duplexes, cottages and multi-family developments with three or more units.
The residential code updates are the largest result of a larger Housing and Economic Opportunities project (HEOP) that kicked off in April 2017 when the city updated its Buildable Lands Analysis, Housing Needs Analysis and Economic Opportunities Analysis. This project noted that Florence will need 1,600 new dwellings in the next 20 years, consisting of a new housing mix of single-family, manufactured, townhomes and multi-family housing to keep up with our growing population.
Please join City of Florence staff on Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about these changes and ask any questions.
Written testimony will be accepted starting on Oct. 29 through the City of Florence’s Planning Department at [email protected] or mailed to the City of Florence at 250 Highway 101.
Verbal Testimony will not be accepted at the informational session.
For more information on the Housing Code Update, visit the City of Florence at ci.florence.or.us.