Bend City Council to Consider Master Plan for Unique Affordable Housing Opportunity


A unique housing opportunity is coming before the Bend Planning Commission and Bend City Council again this spring.

On January 23, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to consider the master plan of Parkside Place.

Parkside Place is the product of House Bill 4079, a state bill that passed in 2016 that allowed for 35 acres on the east border 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, includes 346 units of housing, 40 percent of which are designated for affordable housing. Affordable means the housing is affordable for a household making 80 percent 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. “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.”

At the January 23 meeting, the Planning Commission made 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 unique pilot project, the master plan must be consistent with the Revised Concept Plan that was 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.

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