Group Care and Fair Housing Cleanup

Contact: Kim Armstrong, senior planner | 503-846-3686


Amendments to Washington County's Group Care requirements (Community Development Code Section 430-530), including updates to facility types, are needed for consistency with Oregon Revised Statutes (Chapter 443), Federal Fair Housing law and best-practice recommendations of the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. 

In coordination with housing affordability, the proposed ordinance will update the definition of Retirement Housing Communities (CDC Section 430-53.7) and expand locations where these may be allowed. The goals of this work include facilitating review of senior housing developments that provide a continuum of care, accommodating a range of needs from independent to assisted living, and expand the range of housing options for older Washington County residents. 

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Public Testimony

Proposed Ordinance No. 823, Amending the Community Development Code Relating to retirement housing communities in order to better meet the changing housing needs of the senior community was filed June 28, 2017. Testimony submitted after filing is a statement made to decision makers (the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners) regarding the filed ordinance, and will appear in the official ordinance record. To provide written testimony regarding this proposed ordinance, you must include the author(s)' name, address, and phone number and submit via emailfax or U.S. Mail: Washington County, Long Range Planning Division 155 N. First Ave., Suite 350, MS14, Hillsboro, OR 97124-3072

You may also provide oral testimony at a public hearing. See the 2017 Land Use Ordinance page for a list of hearing dates, times, and materials for all land use ordinances filed or adopted in the 2017 ordinance season.