Hearing Monday on Parkside Place; Could mean 138 Bend affordable housing units

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A public hearing will be held Monday by the Bend Planning Commission on the master plan for a development that could bring dozens of affordable housing units Bend’s east side.

Parkside Place, which would be on property from Bear Creek Road to Highway 20, would include 346 housing units. Forty percent of those — about 138 — are designated for affordable housing.

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The City of Bend says affordable means the housing is affordable for a household making 80% of Bend’s area median income, which is roughly $71,900 a year.

Housing for the site plan includes apartments and single detached homes, plus four acres for a park, trails and paths.

The city says Parkside Place is the product of House Bill 4079, a state bill that passed in 2016 that allowed for 35 acres on the east boarder of Bend to be brought into the urban growth boundary through a non-traditional process.

Public comments can be sent to Karen Swenson at kswenson@bendoregon.gov or provided at the Planning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall or in virtual attendance.

The Bend City Council will hold another public hearing on Feb. 15 to consider the master plan and annexation of Parkside Place. If the council approves the master plan and annexation, it would be effective starting March 31.

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