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Rogue Valley 2017 Livability Solutions Forum Materials


On April 13th, AARP Oregon, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Transportation Growth Management Program, Oregon Chapter of American Planners Association hosted the Rogue Valley 17 Livability Solutions Forum: Future of Housing in Medford. The event focused on exploring how the Jackson and Josephine Counties can create more housing options, identifying barriers and challenges to more innovative housing that support residents across age, ability and income spectrums and how “missing middle housing” can be instrumental in building successful multi-generational communities.

Nationally known architect and urbanist Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design, Inc., who coined the term “Missing Middle Housing” and other speakers shared their expertise and insights at the forum. They discussed housing trends, challenges and barriers to aging in community and meeting our region’s growing need for affordable, accessible, and age-friendly housing. Below are some pictures and powerpoints presentations and handouts from the event.


Agenda and Speaker Bios  Medford Livability Solutions Forums_Housing_April 17_AGENDA with bio
Keynote Presentation: Dan Parolek, Founding Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.   DParolek_PPT
Guy Taur, Oregon Employment Department  GTaur PPT
Hannah Ancel, Jackson Care Connect JCC - Future of Housing Forum
Jason Elzy Housing Authority of Jackson Count  HAJC Presentation AARP 4-13-17
Mary Kyle McCurdy, 1000 Friends of Oregon  MKM Missing Middle
2017 Legislative Bills Handout  2017 Housing bills 4.10.17-1


Learn more 

Missing Middle Housing

1000 Friends of Oregon

​Character-Compatible, Space-Efficient Housing Options for Single-Dwelling Neighborhoods  Report

Rogue Valley Council of Governments

Oregon Chapter of American Planning Association

AARP Livable Communities

Lifelong Housing Project 


“Missing Middle Housing is affordability by designed.” Dan Parolek

Welcome by Connie Saldana, RVCOG

Keynote Daniel Parolek, Opticos Design










Opening Remarks, Sarah Westober, Phoenix City Council

Opening REmarks by Sarah Westover, Phoenix City Council


Daniel Parolek discusses preference for renting

Daniel Parolek discusses shifting preference for renting


Daniel Parolek discusses growing prevalence of single family homes

Daniel Parolek discusses single family homes


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