An Ordinance amending Hood River Municipal Code Title 17 (Zoning) Chapter 17.23 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

 The Hood River City Council finds as follows:

 WHEREAS, the Hood River Housing Strategy Document was drafted and approved by the City Council on September 14, 2015 to provide a path for the City to implement the adopted housing policies taking into consideration the work done and policies adopted by the Council relative to the City’s Vision and the City’s Economic Opportunities Analysis; and
 WHEREAS, ORS 197.312 requires that at least one accessory dwelling be allowed per detached single-family dwelling in every zone within an urban growth boundary that allows detached single-family dwellings; and

WHEREAS, Accessory dwellings are an economical way to provide additional housing choices, particularly in communities with high land prices or a lack of investment in affordable housing. They provide an opportunity to increase housing supply in developed neighborhoods and can blend in well with single-family detached dwellings; and

 WHEREAS, an initial draft for Amendments to the City’s ADU Code were presented to the Planning Commission for public hearing; and draft code was used as the basis for the City Council to initiate potential code amendments in accordance with HRMC 17.08.010 (Legislative Zone Changes and Plan Amendments); and
 WHEREAS, the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) was notified of the proposed amendment on February 07th, 2018 for a March 19th, 2018 public hearing before the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission hearing was held on March 19th, April 19th, May 7th, May 21st, July 30th, September 4th, October 1st, November 19th,2018, January 22nd, 2019 and culminating on January 29, 2019 with a recommendation of the proposed changes to Title 17 to the City Council; and
 WHEREAS, the Hood River City Council heard the Planning Commission recommendation on February 25th, 2019 and authorized staff to prepare an amendment ordinance;

 WHEREAS, at its April 22nd, 2019 meeting City Council initiated a duly noticed public hearing at which time the Council accepted written and oral testimony; deliberated and (to be confirmed at hearing -tentatively voted to approve) a modified set of accessory dwelling amendments to HRMC Title 17 as set forth in Exhibit A.

 NOW, THEREFORE, based on the foregoing findings, which are incorporated herein by this reference, the Hood River City Council Ordains as follows:

Section 1 – Amendment. Title 17 (Zoning) Chapter 17.23 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) of the Hood River Municipal Code shall be amended as set forth in Exhibit A, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.

Section 2 – Supplemental Findings Adopted.  As supplemental findings, Council adopts the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law set forth in Exhibit B, attached hereto and incorporated herein by this reference.

Section 3 – Savings Clause.  In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision, clause, section, subsection or part thereof is unconstitutional or unlawful in any respect, that determination shall not affect the validity of all remaining provisions, clauses, sections, subsections or parts thereof, which shall remain in full force and effect.

 Read for the First Time this 22 day of April, 2019.

 Read for the Second Time and approved this 22 day of April 2019.  This Ordinance shall take effect on the 31st day following the second reading.

AYES:  7
NAYS:  0 
ABSENT:  0          
      Paul Blackburn, Mayor


Jennifer Gray, City Recorder Approved as to form:

Daniel Kearns, City Attorney