Oregon Statutes - Chapter 307 - Property Subject to Taxation; Exemptions - Section 307.600 - Legislative findings.

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that it is in the public interest to stimulate the construction of transit supportive multiple-unit housing in the core areas of Oregonís urban centers to improve the balance between the residential and commercial nature of those areas, and to ensure full-time use of the areas as places where citizens of the community have an opportunity to live as well as work.

(2) The Legislative Assembly further finds that it is in the public interest to promote private investment in transit supportive multiple-unit housing in light rail station areas and transit oriented areas in order to maximize Oregonís transit investment to the fullest extent possible and that the cities and counties of this state should be enabled to establish and design programs to attract new development of multiple-unit housing, and commercial and retail property, in areas located within a light rail station area or transit oriented area.

(3) The Legislative Assembly further finds that the cities and counties of this state should be enabled to establish and design programs to attract new development of multiple-unit housing in light rail station areas, in transit oriented areas or in city core areas by means of the local property tax exemption authorized under ORS 307.600 to 307.637. The programs shall emphasize the following:

(a) The development of vacant or underutilized sites in light rail station areas, transit oriented areas or core areas, rather than sites where sound or rehabilitable multiple-unit housing exists.

(b) The development of multiple-unit housing, with or without parking, in structures that may include ground level commercial space.

(c) The development of multiple-unit housing, with or without parking, on sites with existing single-story commercial structures.

(d) The development of multiple-unit housing, with or without parking, on existing surface parking lots.

(4) The Legislative Assembly further finds that it is in the public interest to preserve or establish existing housing that is affordable to low income persons by providing the incentives authorized in ORS 307.600 to 307.637 to:

(a) Existing multiple-unit housing subject to a low income housing assistance contract with an agency or subdivision of this state or the United States; and

(b) Existing multiple-unit housing that becomes subject to a low income housing assistance contract with an agency or subdivision of this state or the United States in order to use the incentives authorized in ORS 307.600 to 307.637.

(5) The programs shall result in the preservation, construction, addition or conversion of units at rental rates or sale prices accessible to a broad range of the general public. [1975 c.428 §2; 1995 c.596 §1; 1999 c.808 §1; 2003 c.457 §1]

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