Lincoln City Shows Room For Job And Housing Growth

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By Kiera Morgan

The Lincoln city city council heard a report from planning director Richard Townsend during a pubic hearing on the possible adoption of the 2017 Economic Opportunities Analysis and Housing Needs Analysis that includes an updated Buildable Lands Inventory.  The city received a grant from the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to update the 2006 Economic Opportunities Analysis, Housing Needs Assessment, and Buildable Lands Inventory. Townsend said this work has been completed and some proposed recommendations were made. The analysis showed significant job growth potential in the Lincoln City area.

The land needed to sustain that economic growth would be about 52-acres, and the city Townsend said has a supply of buildable land at 188-acres. Patrick Waynguard from the Department of Land Conservation and Development told the council ” you can’t have an economic development plan for a community without addressing housing. Adoption of the plan amendments will provide the city a strong foundation as the city moves forward with economic development and housing.” After the hearing the city council approved an ordinance adopting the 2017 Economic Opportunities Analysis, Housing Needs Assessment, and Buildable Lands Inventory.