HBA’s Government Affairs Director Preston Korst recently represented our industry at a panel discussing housing production goals in the region. The event, sponsored by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and Buckley Law Group was attended by over 80 individuals in the business community. Other panelist included Metro Councilor Christine Lewis, Lake Oswego Planning Manager Eric Olson, and Patrick Barry of Barry & Associates. Preston expressed the need for more local governments to ease regulations and reduce the burden on builder by lowering SDC fees, leveraging more funding tools like urban renewal or tax abatements, and streamlining design review and planning processes. This is in addition to him expressing the need for both dense, infill development in addition to the need for more land to be brought into the Urban Growth Boundary.