RESOLUTION NO. 2015-09

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN APPLICATION TO THE STATE OF OREGON’S
TRANSPORTATION GROWTH MANAGEMENTPROGRAM TO FUND THE DEVELOPMENT OFAN AREA PLAN FOR THE WEST END OF THE
      CITY OF HOOD RIVER     


 WHEREAS, the State of Oregon’s Transportation Growth Management Program (TGM) is accepting applications from local governments for integrated transportation and land-use planning projects; and,

WHEREAS, TGM grants provide funding to help local communities plan for streets and land use in a way that leads to more livable, economically vital, and sustainable communities and increases opportunities for transit, walking and bicycling; and,

WHEREAS, the West End of the City of Hood River contains much of the last undeveloped land in the City and Urban Growth Area and significant development is likely in the near future (see attached map); and

WHEREAS, the City of Hood River is currently conducting a Goal 10 (Housing) review and an “affordability gap” has been identified as a pressing issue; and,

WHEREAS, Hood River County has also identified increasing the long-term supply of affordable housing as a top priority and purchased property in the subject area specifically for the creation of additional affordable housing units; and,

WHEREAS, the existing City of Hood River Transportation System Plan (TSP), Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance could be improved for the West End to include a refined street plan and zoning that promotes compact, pedestrian-friendly development and a variety of housing choices with an emphasis on creating additional affordable housing; and,

  WHEREAS, advancing community goals can best be achieved by comprehensively planning for the future development of the West End and recognizing that it may be appropriate to amend the existing TSP, Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Ordinances to support those goals; and,

    WHEREAS, the City of Hood River will partner with Hood River County and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority to provide the required minimum 12% funding match through in-kind staff labor and services or a monetary match;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Hood River authorizes Paul Blackburn, Mayor, to submit, on behalf of the City of Hood River, a joint application with the Hood River County to the State of Oregon’s TGM program to fund development of an Area Plan for the West End of the City of Hood River and to negotiate and execute any necessary contracts associated with the application and resulting awards.
          
 

Approved by the City of Hood River City Council on this 26th day of May, 2015, to take effect immediately.


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       Paul Blackburn, Mayor


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Jennifer Gray, City Recorder