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Affordable Housing Gets SDC Relief

Courtesy: Tor Hanson, Bend Chamber Special Projects Reporter


With a unanimous vote, city council approved the exemption of system development charges (SDC) for deed restricted affordable housing.

Councilor Boddie was hoping the Bend Parks and Recreation District would follow the city’s lead in exempting deed restricted affordable housing from the district’s SDC fees.

It is estimated that if 100 deed restricted affordable housing units are built each year, 20 would be single-family residential homes and 80 would be multifamily units. With this unit breakdown, the total Transportation, Sewer and Water SDC revenue the City would forego with this change to Bend Code, is estimated to be approximately $947,090 in 2017-18.

Councilor Boddie was hoping the Bend Parks and Recreation District would follow the city’s lead in exempting deed restricted affordable housing from the district’s SDC fees.

Boddie did not favor councilor Livingston’s amendment for a 5-year sunset clause added to the SDC relief program, noting the innovative program could help the housing situation in Bend. The sunset clause was enacted 5-1 (Boddie against) and the first reading of the ordinance was approved 6-0.

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