Committee formed for countywide housing study

A 20-member technical advisory committee has begun discussing a countywide housing study.

Last year, Clatsop County and each of the county’s five cities approved a $100,000 study to evaluate the area’s housing needs. The county pitched in $50,000 while the cities contributed $10,000 each.

Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer is the committee’s chairman, and Cannon Beach City Councilor Brandon Ogilvie is the vice chairman. The committee is made up of elected officials and government, business and nonprofit heads.

Johnson Economics, a Portland consulting firm, was hired in March to lead the study, which is expected to be finished by November. Consultants will study the types, sizes, locations and prices needed for housing as well as the market forces, regulations and other barriers that prevent development.

Area residents may participate through an open house, online survey or by attending the committee’s public meetings. Up-to-date information can be found at www.co.clatsop.or.us.

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