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Bend Commission To Hold Hearing On Affordable Housing Master Plan

BEND, OR -- Bend’s Planning Commission holds a public hearing Monday  on a master plan for an affordable housing development called Parkside Place.

The development is the product of House Bill 4079, passed in 2016 allowing for 35 acres on the east boarder of Bend to be brought into the urban growth boundary through a non-traditional process. The goal was to aid in the effort to build more affordable housing.

Plans for the property, which stretches from Bear Creek Road to Highway 20, include 346 units of housing, 40% of which are designated for affordable housing. Affordable means the housing is affordable for a household making 80% of Bend’s area median income, which is roughly $71,900 a year.

The site plan includes a variety of housing types, including apartment units for rent and single detached homes for ownership. The plan also includes four acres for a park, as well as trails and paths through the neighborhood.

"Parkside Place is an exciting opportunity to explore how we can develop affordable housing using unique and innovative approaches," said Lynne McConnell, the city’s housing director.

“Nearly all affordable housing in Bend requires public investment or subsidy of some kind,” McConnell said in a statement. “Because of our high land values and the costs of infrastructure and construction, it’s nearly impossible to build affordable housing today without subsidy, but that’s what this pilot is trying to do.”

“This pilot will provide for additional housing choices as well as for the deep need for affordable housing,” McConnell continued. “We’re pleased to work collaboratively with the developer to create a community that will add amenities and connectivity to the larger neighborhood.”

Monday, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Bend City Council, which is scheduled to hold a public hearing on February 15 to consider the master plan and annexation of Parkside Place.

For this pilot project, the master plan must be consistent with the Revised Concept Plan approved by a previous Council and authorized by the state Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

If Council approves the master plan and annexation, it would be effective starting March 31.

Public comments can be sent to Karen Swenson or provided at the Planning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 23, at City Hall or in virtual attendance.

For more information, visit the city's website.


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