New city ordinance helps Habitat

(L to R) Councilman Jason Hopkins, City Manager Paul Wyntergreen, Councilman John Sandusky, Mayor Suzanne Weber, Habitat Director Cami Aufdermauer, Councilman Aaron Burris, Councilman Doug Henson and Councilman Jorge Rios gather to help celebrate a new ordinance directly impacting Habitat for Humanity: the waiving of System Development Charges for projects within city limits.

Habitat for Humanity was recently the subject of a new ordinance from City of Tillamook officials.

At the July 2 Tillamook City Council meeting, a new ordinance was passed allowing System Development Charges (SDC) to be waived for Habitat for Humanity projects within city limits.

“With the housing crisis in Tillamook County we have seen a need for strategic partnerships with all those concerned with being a part of the solution,” Habitat Executive Director Cami Aufdermauer said. “This exemption will allow Habitat homes to be built more affordably while getting vacant land developed and sold to deserving families. In return, these families give back to our community through way of property tax payments on their new home, with peace of mind that they will be able to afford their monthly mortgage payment.”

It is a win-win for all parties involved, she added. The City Council and City Manager spent two months drafting and reviewing this ordinance which passed unanimously, according to Aufdermauer. Habitat recently turned in a land use application for their first ever multi-family dwelling unit where they will double the number of new construction homes they build in 2019-2020.

“It is a very exciting time to be a part of the development process. With new and improved zoning changes happening and out-the-box thinking, I know we are going to see the ‘Mook’ come together and get people housed,” Aufdermauer said. “Today [July 2] will go down in the history books for Habitat as another step forward toward helping create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

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