Conversion of hotel or motel to emergency shelter or affordable housing
(1)Except as provided in this section and notwithstanding any statewide land use planning goals or land use regulations, a local government shall unconditionally allow the conversion of the lawful use of a property:
(a)From use as a hotel or motel, to use as an emergency shelter.
(b)From use as a hotel or motel, or a hotel or motel that was converted to an emergency shelter under paragraph (a) of this subsection, to use as affordable housing.
(2)This section applies only to areas:
(a)Within an urban growth boundary;
(b)Not designated by the local government as specifically for heavy industrial uses;
(c)With adequate transportation access to commercial and medical services; and
(d)Not within an area designated for a statewide land use planning goal relating to natural disasters or hazards, including flood plains or mapped environmental health hazards, unless the converted use complies with regulations directly related to the disasters or hazards.
(3)A local government may require a converted use under this section to comply with:
(a)Applicable building codes;
(b)Occupancy limits; or
(c)For uses under subsection (1)(b) of this section, reasonable standards relating to siting or design, if the standards do not, individually or cumulatively, prohibit the conversion through unreasonable costs or delay.
(4)A conversion under this section is not a land use decision as defined in ORS 197.015 (Definitions for ORS chapters 195, 196, 197 and ORS 197A.300 to 197A.325).
(5)A local government is not required to consider whether the conversion significantly affects an existing or planned transportation facility for the purposes of implementing a statewide land use planning goal relating to transportation.
(6)As used in this section:
(a)“Affordable housing” means housing in which all units are affordable to households with incomes equal to or less than 60 percent of the area median income as defined in ORS 458.610 (Definitions for ORS 458.600 to 458.665) and whose affordability is enforceable by an affordable housing covenant, as described in ORS 456.270 (Definitions for ORS 456.270 to 456.295) to 456.295 (Action affecting covenant), for a duration of no less than 30 years.
(b)“Conversion” includes an alteration to a building that changes the number of units but does not expand the building footprint.
(c)“Emergency shelter” means a building that provides shelter on a temporary basis for individuals and families who lack permanent housing.
(d)“Lawful use” includes a nonconforming use as described in ORS 215.130 (Application of ordinances and comprehensive plan) (6) or any other local land use regulation allowing for the continuation of a use that was lawful when first enacted. [2021 c.16 §2]
Section 197.748 — Conversion of hotel or motel to emergency shelter or affordable housing,