Affordable Housing Program

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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: A committee was created to advise the City on affordable housing issues.  See Committee Information for the names and contact information for those members. The Committee anticipates meeting the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, as long as there are topics/subjects for discussion and it is usually held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street.  There are exceptions to this meeting time and location, such as when the committee is hearing presentations by applicants for funding.  Those meetings are usually held in the Council Chambers at various times.  The special times and locations will be announced on this page.  See above highlighted information.  

Affordable Housing Program

In July 2006 Council initiated the Affordable Housing Fee, a fee of 1/3 of 1% of the total valuation on all Building Permits submitted to the City of Bend. Collection of the fee started at the end of October 2006. According to the ordinance, priorities for this funding are based upon the goals identified in the five year Community Development Block Grant Program Consolidated Plan.

Affordable Housing Fund Creates Affordable Housing Local Revenue Source 

Bend has implemented a fee of 1/5 of 1 percent of the building permit valuation for all building permits. Similar to the Mobile Home Park Ordinance, this fee was created utilizing a collaborative process with representatives from the local builders association, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and the local realtors, in conjunction with affordable housing providers and staff. As Bend is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and its housing prices have had the highest increase in the country in the last year, this fee will raise approximately $2.5 million annually. This funding is to be used for development of affordable housing targeted to families at or below 80 percent of median income and utilizes the priorities established in the Consolidated Plan.

List of Programs the City of Bend has in place to help with affordable housing issues in Bend:

City of Bend Affordable Housing Developer Incentives Program

As part of the planning process associated with the Community Development Block Grant Program, Bend has examined regulatory barriers to affordable housing. The following Housing Development Incentives programs were adopted:

Expedited Review and Permitting
Any residential or mixed use development that receives local, state or federal affordable housing funding is eligible to have their project receive a written decision by the Planning Department within two weeks of the date of submittal. For projects that may require more complex planning development actions, a decision will be written or the first public hearing will be held within six weeks of the date of submittal.

Building Plans and Permits review will be completed, and the applicant will be notified of any deficiencies in the application, within three working days from the date of submittal. Once any deficiencies have been addressed, review will be completed and permits will be issued within 10 working days. 

Low Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption
Qualifying low-income rental housing projects are also eligible to receive exemption from City property taxes for a 20-year period. With agreement from other taxing jurisdictions, projects receiving exemption from City property taxes may also be eligible to receive exemption from their entire property tax bill for the 20-year exemption period.

These developer incentive programs have proven to be popular with the full gamut of the development community - including for-profit, non-profit and faith based developers of affordable housing. Over 100 units have been added to Bend’s housing stock in the last three years using these programs. 

SDC Exemptions for Affordable Housing Projects

System development charges (SDCs) are fees that are collected when new development occurs in the city and are used to fund a portion of new streets, sanitary sewers, parks and water. Currently the City of Bend has SDC’s for Transportation, Sewer and Water. In addition, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District also has a System Development Charge.

Systems Development Charges may not be waived for projects. However, several cities in Oregon do allow for certain classes of housing to be exempted from having to pay Systems Development Charges. Affordable Housing is one such class.

At its July 15, 2015 meeting, council approved an SDC exemption program. An exemption of $1 million in total for the three funds was implemented, with Water and Sewer being exempted 100% and Streets 75% for qualified projects that receive local, state, or federal funds for affordable housing. These projects would be Rental housing that is affordable for households with an income at or below 60% of the area median income (“AMI”) as determined by the State Housing Council based on information from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; Owner-occupied or lease-to-purchase housing for households with an income at or below 80% of the AMI as determined by the State Housing Council based on information from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Homeless shelter developments. These exemptions are awarded via a Request for Proposals process.  See top of page for any current RFPs.


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Jim Long, Affordable Housing Manager
(541) 312-4915 direct
(541) 385-6676 fax