Interview with Robert E. Clay (on Goal 10)
Interview with Robert E. Clay by Sy Adler on May 3, 2017 focused on Goal 10 of Oregon's Statewide Land Use Planning Program. Bob Clay is a planning consultant in Portland, Oregon who has held senior management positions in urban planning for city, state, regional, and federal agencies since 1973.
Bob Clay is a planning consultant in Portland, Oregon who has held senior management positions in urban planning for city, state, regional, and federal agencies since 1973. For the city of Portland, he served as director of the Office of Housing Policy, chief planner for the Long Range Planning and Urban Design section of the Portland Bureau of Planning, and as supervising planner for the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He has supervised projects in all aspects of land use planning, including growth management and housing policy, environmental protection, urban services delivery, and transit-oriented development.
Oregon's Statewide Land Use Planning Program, adopted in 1973 after the passage of Senate Bill 100, contains nineteen goals or guidelines. Goal 10 provides for the housing needs of Oregon citizens by specifying that jurisdictions must plan for and accommodate needed housing types “at price ranges and rent levels which are commensurate with the financial capabilities of Oregon households and allow for flexibility of housing location, type, and density.” Goal 10 requires each city to inventory its buildable residential lands, project future needs for such lands, and plan and zone enough buildable land to meet those needs. It also prohibits local plans from discriminating against needed housing types. In 2017, Sy Adler and Jim Irvine interviewed a series of key planners and advocates involved with Oregon's Statewide Planning Goal 10. These interviews are part of "People and the Land," a collaboration between the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and Portland State University.
Clay, Robert E. and Adler, Sy, "Interview with Robert E. Clay (on Goal 10)" (2017). People and the Land: An Oral History of Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning Program. 31.