The Promise of Cluster Housing

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RISING PRICES for land and housing have contributed to a shortage of affordable workforce housing in Corvallis. The factors behind this trend include population growth and the availability of developable land. Among the proposed solutions is a style of high-density development known as cluster housing. Championed by some architects and housing advocates, this approach calls for small single-family homes grouped around shared facilities such as gardens.

While the city’s land development code permits such development, no cluster housing projects have been proposed in the city in recent years. At the May 8 City Club of Corvallis meeting, representatives of the Oregon Policy Analysis Lab (OPAL) at Oregon State University will report on the results of their investigation into the barriers to cluster housing in Corvallis.

1*W3-WAKJhrzG0depBU5L_YQTheir report is the first product of a policy study process initiated in 2017 by the City Club.

Speaking on the panel will be Erika Wolters, director of OPAL, and three graduate student assistants: Rebekah Degner, Allison Daniel and Alexa Diaz. There will be plenty of time for questions.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis at 1112 NW Circle Blvd. The event will begin at noon, and a lunch from Valley Catering (baked potato bar served with butter, sour cream, cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions; vegetable soup; garden green salad with house-made dressings and rolls; coffee; cookies) will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to by Friday, May 4. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card.

The PowerPoint presentation on cottage cluster housing is available here.

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