Affordable and Market-Rate Housing Developer Resources

The City of Grants Pass works to support the development of deed-restricted affordable housing units in a variety of types. For more information about the items listed below, please contact Amber Neeck, Housing and Neighborhood Specialist, 541-450-6068.

Financial Tools

Affordable Housing SDC Grant

  • The Affordable Housing Grant was formally adopted in October 2022 for the purpose of creating a System Development Charge Incentive Program for developers of affordable housing. The grant is funded by the sale of city-owned surplus land. 
  • Available for new rental units affordable to 60% or less of the Area Median Income. Will require a deed restriction to guarantee affordability rate for 30 years from the date of occupancy. 
  • 100% System Development Charge Waiver

Housing Opportunity Fund (CET)

  • Ordinance No. 21-5824 was adopted by City Council on December 1, 2001, which authorized the City to begin collecting a Construction Excise Tax (CET) under the rules of SB1533 (2016). CET revenues have been collected by Community Development as part of building permits since March 2022.
  • The CET Investment Plan outlines that the fund will build until July 1st of 20204, or the fund reaches $500,000, whichever comes first. At that time an RFP will be issued for providers of affordable housing serving the 80% and below AMI population.

Urban Renewal Area Funding           

  • The most recently adopted Urban Renewal Agency Plan includes a “Housing Development Program” that is dedicated to funding the development of affordable housing for those at 80% AMI or below. 
  • Developer incentives include but are not limited to; 
  • Predevelopment assistance
  • Completion of offsite improvements
  • Land purchase
  • Demolition
  • Property tax rebate
  • Building and development fees

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

  • The Community Development Block Grant is granted to the city by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city receives annual funds to be used for projects that benefit low to moderate-income (80% or below AMI) households through a variety of activities that are determined by the Annual Action Plan. 

City Surplus Property

  • The city periodically sells city-owned land for development as affordable housing. Properties can be sold anywhere from full market value and below to help incentivize developers to build affordable housing. 

Vertical Housing Development Zone Tax Exemption

Expedited Permitting Application

Development Code Tools

  • Middle Housing Code & Land Division
  • Cottage Cluster Code
  • Density Bonus
  • Height Bonus

Contact Us

  1. Amber Neeck
    Housing and Neighborhood Specialist
    Email Amber Neeck

    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526
    Ph: 541-450-6068