I was sad to see that Commissioner Nyquist has bought into the unsubstantiated and misguided view that the way to address the high cost of housing is to weaken our land-use planning laws. One only needs to look at all of the states around us to realize that the logic behind that view does not hold water.
Oregon is variously ranked somewhere in the top 15 states for cost of housing, depending on who is doing the ranking. California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah in most rankings all have higher or similar housing costs. None of those states has comprehensive land use planning like Oregon. If people want to use the argument that relaxing land-use laws will lower housing costs, they need to explain why neighboring states without those laws have higher or similar costs for housing.
Albany (Jan. 3)