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Building a Better Bend: 

Once again, Bend faces a crossroads of our own making.  Since 2000, Bend’s middle-class shrank by over 14%, while the ranks of the most and least fortunate grew.  All the while, home prices increased faster than any other city in Oregon and apartments filled to capacity. While we grow higher paying jobs, we also need to keep the cost of living reasonable, beginning with housing.  Affordable housing is not apartment subsidies for a few people.  Affordable housing is housing we can all live in.  Affordable housing makes it possible to live in Bend earning a typical income.  Affordable housing is also a key factor in determining the cost of doing business in Bend.  When middle class people can afford to live and work in Bend, everyone thrives.

Bill bootstrapped his business from scratch renting a small office in the O’Kane building with a friend in 1998.  His ability to find affordable office space and talented employees were instrumental in getting things off the ground.  That’s one reason that Bend needs affordable housing – it makes it possible for people starting with little to build something larger.  That cheap, one-room office led to Bill’s company pumping more than $50 million into local jobs over the years.

Objectives:

  • Maximizing the impact of the current UGB expansion to reduce housing costs
  • Planning for future UGB expansion
  • Protecting our land and water assets
  • Developing retail clusters closer to where people live
  • Creating employment centers to reduce the costs of transportation and infrastructure

More on Building a Better Bend

Bill & Council approved an ordinance to make ADU's easier to build
The council approved an ordinance making text amendments to the Bend Development Code exempting Accessory Dwelling Units from sidewalk requirements.
May 16, 2018

Bill, along with Council, approve a resolution to initiate an Urban Renewal Feasibility Study for the central area of Bend, appoint an advisory committee, and hire staff
The Council plans to provide direction to the committee to give the council proposals. The direction the council provides remains important for: fees, parking and building heights.
May 16, 2018

 

Bill supports amendments to development code regarding ADU's
At the council meeting, Bill moved for the first reading of an ordinance amending Bend Development Code to make building ADU's easier and cheaper.
May 2, 2018

Bill supports resolution providing direction on the UGB
At the council meeting, Bill supported a resolution that directs staff to building out the Urban Growth Boundary as a soon as possible.
May 2, 2018

Council focuses on the UGB Expansion
The Council decided to build out Empire and Murphy and to raise SDC's and franchise fees to support. The Council recognized that the supply of housing affects prices. In addition, Council adopted an agressive plan to tackle the housing crisis. Council directed staff to prioritize: Bend Central District, Korpine, the Elbow and the NE Corner.
April 18, 2018

Council Work Session focuses on UGB
Bill believes we need to refocus the housing crisis/shortage. Bend needs plans to solve the housing crisis. Building out the UGB offers an important step.
March 21, 2018

Bill attends Habitat for Humanity Breakfast
Thanks to all who attended the breakfast with Bill to support such an amazing program. Thank you to the following who attended the breakfast with him to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and to offer their support: Erik Lukens, Jody Ward, Rick Wright, Mindy Aisling, Niki Davisson, Jake Burts, Eric Staley, Patti Adair, Phil Henderson.
March 9, 2018

Housing Goals Meeting
Bill met with Councilors Abernathy and Livingston to formulate housing goals.
January 2, 2018

Bill Meets with Affordable Housing Developer
Bill met with a developer of affordable housing to hear feedback on whether the city is customer focused, as well as how to expand housing fast enough to keep prices down.
May 19, 2017

Bill reviews models for SDC charges and property taxes that could be raised if new homes are built in UGB expansion areas.
April 26, 2017

 


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