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February Forum – Why does new development cost so much? The ABC’s of SDC’s.

February 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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Abernethy Center
606 15th Street
Oregon City, OR United States
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Oregon City Business Alliance

Why does new development cost so much? The ABC’s of SDC’s.


Come hear the insights and comments from representatives of the home building industry and a representative from the Oregon City School District as well as the director of Public Works in Oregon City. They have valuable information as to why the cost of new construction has gotten so high in the Portland metro region. They will focus on the costs of permitting and developing land, the land-use approval process and the time it takes to entitle a project from site acquisition to completion of a finished home or commercial building. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to ask questions from this distinguished group of individuals.


Rosann Johnson, Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland. (HBA)

Roseann Johnson became the Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA) in March 2019. She advocates for housing access and homeownership opportunities at all income levels, with a specific geographic focus on Clackamas, East Multnomah, and Hood River Counties. Roseann also works closely with the HBA’s big-sibling, Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA), liaising with state counterparts on legislative development and housing issues that affect the Portland Metro region and beyond. Additionally, Roseann manages the Portland Metro component of Oregonians for Affordable Housing, HBA’s Political Action Committee (PAC), which supports industry-friendly candidates and policy at the state and local level. Prior to joining the Government Affairs team, she was chair of the HBA’s Portland Building and Urban Development (PBUD) Council, which included several months of HBA contract advocacy on Portland-based development issues. In 2014, Roseann joined her family’s land development and construction business, Bluestone Homes, with a focus on entitlement and land use processes.

Roseann previously worked as a federal contractor for five years, analyzing and coordinating U.S. Department of State and Defense programs. She obtained her master’s in public administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California where she served as Development Director for a local non-profit. She obtained a BA in International Relations from Willamette University, and is an Oregon City High School graduate.

David Cady, Holt Home Representative

Mr. Cady has over 28 years of experience in the Portland and Northwest region of the United States in community planning, land development, and homebuilding. For the last 16 years, Mr. Cady has served as a director for two US national homebuilders, as well as a director for two regional builders. Mr. Cady has managed land assets taking communities from land acquisition, concept planning, design, approvals, construction and final turnover to the homeowner’s association. Mr. Cady has also been a contributing member of the successful company startups of home building and consulting firms. During Mr. Cady’s tenure, he has developed masterplans of over 1300 new homes to constructing Net Zero Ready Spec homes as part of Performance homes, as well as building a personal Net Zero home with his wife and business partner Tina Cady. Mr. Cady holds licenses and certifications in Land Surveying, Building Performance and as a Sustainable Homes Professional.

Andrew Tull, Partner at 3J Consulting.

Andrew Tull is a partner at 3J Consulting, a planning and civil engineering consulting firm. With more than 15 years of experience as a land use planner and urban designer, Andrew specializes in navigating projects through the complexities of Oregon’s land use entitlement process. He has prepared designs for hundreds of residential, mixed-use, and commercial developments for public and private clients. Andrew is an Executive Council Member for the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland and he serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Home Builders. He is also actively involved with the Westside Economic Alliance.



John Lewis, City of Oregon City Public Works Director

Oregon City’s Public Works Director is responsible for the Engineering and Operations Groups which include Development Services, Engineering Services, Construction Management,  and the Transportation, Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Operations Services.  John has been with the Oregon City for 16 years, 7 of which have been as the Department Director.  Prior to Oregon City John started his engineering career in the private sector and then worked for 10 years as an Engineer and the Engineering Services Manager with the City of Lake Oswego.  John maintains a professional Civil Engineer license in Oregon and received his degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology.  As a Hustlin Owl (OIT’s mascot) he keeps a close watch over both the Beavers and the Ducks.




Kyle Laier, Assistant Superintendent at the Oregon City School District


Kyle has spent many years in the education field. Since July 2018, Kyle has been the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in the Oregon City School District. He is responsible for overseeing the content and curriculum taught in our schools, the teaching techniques used by our teachers, and the testing that shows how our students are doing.




Join us on Tuesday, February 25th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Abernethy Center Ballroom, 606 15th Street, Oregon City

This lunch registration is open to the public.


$25 for OCBA members (who are current with their 2020 membership dues)

$30 for non-members

$35 after registration closes on February 19th, which includes payment at the door.

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February 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
$25 – $35


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