Summary of Oct. 18 board of directors meeting

October 19, 2022

aAt the Oct. 18 BPRD board of directors meeting, the district’s program to waive affordable housing unit charges was extended and a roof replacement was approved for the Larkspur Community Center. A recording of the meeting is available.

System development charges waivers extension

In June 2019, the board approved a resolution that provided park system development charges (SDCs) waivers for up to 400 units of deed restricted affordable housing. In January 2021, the board adopted an additional 75 park SDC waivers per calendar year for deed restricted affordable housing units and provided waivers for temporary shelters not subject to a cap on quantity.

As of October 1, 2022, the district has approved 477 waivers (452 for deed restricted housing units and 25 for temporary shelter units) at a total cost of $2.77 million.

The city of Bend currently has an exemption program for water, sewer and transportation SDCs for deed restricted affordable housing projects. The city indicated that they plan to extend their exemption program for two more years. In anticipation of their extension, district staff recommended and the board approved of continuing the BPRD’s waiver program for two years.

The reduction in park SDC revenue for the additional 150 waivers is estimated to be between $1 million and $1.5 million, depending upon the number, size and type of development. This revenue reduction will be addressed during the preparation of the next five-year capital improvement plan, likely through adjustments to the timing or scope of planned park and trail projects.

Roof replacement project

The Bend Senior Center portion of the Larkspur Community Center will get a roof replacement project soon. The 11,000 sq. ft. roof was originally installed in 2001 and has met its life expectancy. This section of roof was originally slated for replacement in 2026, but due to significant vandalism during the construction of the Larkspur Center addition as well as previous leaks, the decision was made to complete the project sooner to minimize risk of interior damage to the facility. The project will occur in spring 2023 and is not expected to impact patron activities in the facility.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts

In work session, the board received an update on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts to create an action plan. The district’s strategic plan calls for implementation of a DEI program, and an assessment was conducted to inform goals and focus areas. The presentation focused on several examples of successful outreach efforts that have cultivated trust and expanded participation in many BPRD programs and events. The action plan will be the road map for the district, and is intended to be 2-3 years, with an annual update. The draft is available beginning on page 7 of the agenda packet.

The next board meeting is Nov. 1.