Future growth being planned in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was a long time coming and it’ll be going on for a long time. Last week, Keizer City Councilors and Keizer Planning Commission members held a joint work session to look at future growth planning. Nate Brown, Keizer’s director of Community Development who led the city through the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) and Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) a few years ago, reacquainted all with the data finalized in 2013. “The intent of tonight is to lay out issues we’re going to have to deal with in Urban Growth Boundaries or Keizer future growth,” Brown said. “Over the last several years, we have been doing a lot of work through the process of analyzing. We’ve done a land inventory. We have gone through a lot of work. You would have to be under a rock somewhere to not know Keizer has been working on this.” For those who don’t have a photographic memory of the work approved by councilors in the spring of 2013, the updating of the city’s comprehensive plan identified a land deficit within Keizer to meet projected future employment and housing needs. “There is a deficit,” Brown said. “We don’t meet the needs of land in the next 20 years.” Keizer’s population is projected to increase 32 percent from the 2010 figure of 36,478, meaning a 2032 population of 48,089. Under...

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