The City Council is scheduled to vote April 18, 2018 on a staff plan to prioritize the development of five opportunity areas in the center of the City and an expansion area in the far southeast of Bend. The Council requested community input on the plan and held a public hearing.
BNC submitted comments to the public record expressing concern that the plan may not address Council Goal 3 to meet the need for a better mix of housing types and for more affordable housing units.
The idea of prioritizing the investment of public resources in a few expansion and opportunity areas would usually make sense. However, the City’s projected rapid population growth and urgent need for housing, especially affordable housing, argue for a plan that includes all UGB-targeted areas.
Among other challenges, the City’s plans need to reflect the demographics of its growing population. For example, changes to city code over the last two years create an incentive to build lots of studios and 1-BR units, but data indicates that 80% of demand is from retirees, empty-nesters, and young families, for whom these housing types are likely to be unappealing.
To read the BNC comments, click here.