BEND, OR -- The city of Bend is considering relaxing its development fees to spur more affordable housing and so is the Bend Parks and Recreation Board. The issue came up at a recent meeting, but the Parks and Rec Baord had some concerns about giving up $6,000 worth of fees per newly constructed house.
Parks and Rec Board Chair Dan Fishkin told KBND News, "It's not that the board is by any means not in favor of affordable housing. But we need to do what we can do legally and what can be accomplished. We're looking at some options we are exploring and researching." It's believed the high development fees for homes, that go toward paying for roads, water and sewer for these developments, make it too expensive for developers to build low-income housing.
The Bend Parks and Rec Board will vote on these fees at their next meeting March 17th. The Bend City Council will take up the issue on March 18th.