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Housing Costs

My success record:

During my first two years on council, my success record includes:

  • Adding Land: Led council to direct the city to create a plan to implement the entire approved UGB by 2028, instead of the usual plodding along as time allows.

  • Building Infrastructure: Led council to award contracts for Empire and Murphy roads. Championed sewer infrastructure in NE and SE Bend so homes could be built faster.

  • Slowing Growth: Created a tourism rain day fund so that we advertise less in peak times and more in lean times. 10% of homes in Bend are used by visitors. People that visit move here, amplifying our housing shortage.

  • Setting Goals: Proposed and got Council support to set a goal of housing costs that fit the budget of all families making $92,805 or less, instead of only housing for the lowest incomes.

  • Creating Strategy: Created broad housing plan alternatives and council support to holistically look at supply and demand, as well as incomes and costs

My vision:

I envision a Bend where my children and Bend residents experience the pride that comes from home ownership.  Home ownership not only meets our basic need for shelter. Our home offers a personal, private sanctuary, giving us freedom and space to live the way we like.  Homes also encourage people to take care of personal property and invest in the future of our neighborhoods and community. But I go beyond vision; I take action. My housing record confirms that.

Bend’s challenges:

Bend’s housing crisis threatens our way of life.  The dramatic imbalance between supply and demand promises a future where home ownership and even renting lies beyond the reach of our children and most working people.  Without affordable homes, our economy will stall as employees cannot afford to live here.  Renters will transfer more and more of their finances to landlords.  Middle class people, like teachers and police, will live in far-away communities, spending more time commuting and less time with their families.  Bend will become a place only for wealthy retirees and new residents bringing large amounts of equity from expensive coastal cities.  We need to balance supply and demand in the housing market – before it’s too late.

Common sense solutions:

I propose the following common-sense solutions to Bend’s housing crisis:

  • Implement the Urban Growth Boundary – Bend adopted a UGB plan two years ago.  Despite two years since the implementation, the land still lacks roads and sewers; without the necessary infrastructure, the land remains undeveloped, with no housing built to date! We need to build roads and sewers to support our growth and ability to build homes.

  • Plan for the future – Getting a UGB expansion requires years of a lengthy process.  We need to plan now for future growth by starting the next round of the UGB process. 

  • Reduce regulatory costs – Regulation costs up to 28% of the price of a home.  We need to provide an effective permitting process and examine the regulatory requirements that add costs to each Bend home.

  • Train tradesmen – Work with high schools, COCC and other training organizations to increase the number of carpenters, framers, and other tradesmen. 

  • Slow tourism growth – Most new residents visit Bend as a tourist and then decide to move here. Currently, about nine new people move to Bend each day. The $2.9 million the city spends each year on tourism advertising just adds gasoline to the fire.

  • Planning Compatibility – Allow density consistent with the density of existing neighborhoods. 

  • Prioritize housing land – Increase the supply of housing relative to employment lands to moderate economic growth and decrease housing land scarcity.

I chose the motto, Standing up for Bend for my campaign for mayor; I plan to stand up for you on the issue of housing costs.

More on Housing Costs

Bill wants to solve septic to sewer issue as a community
Bill heard testimony from many residents at the Septic to Sewer listening session. He heard from many worried about losing their homes because of the costs. He decided the proposed idea by the committee of $250/month plus sewage charges is not affordable.  He will urge the council to solve the issue as a community.
August 15, 2018

Bill adopts capitol project to connect roads and sewers to new housing
June 20, 2018

Bill opposes allocating $3 million to tourism
Bill was the only councilor to oppose approving the Visit Bend Business Plan to allocate $3 million in tourism funding. Tourism leads to people moving to Bend. And those moves only aggravate our current housing crisis.
June 6, 2018

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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