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During the annual priority setting sessions, the City Council discussed and indicated support for designating housing as the priority for the 2023-2024 council year, as housing impacts every aspect of our community.

City Council's Priority for the 2023-2024 Council Year

 

» Dwelling units completed

FY2024 units by quarter:

1st QTR

7/1/23 - 9/30/23

2nd QTR

10/1/23 - 12/31/23

3rd QTR

1/1/24 - 3/31/24

4th QTR

4/1/24 - 6/30/24

30 29 8
TBA
 

FY2023 (7/1/22 - 6/30/23): 85

 

» Approved units pending completion: 367

Location # of Units  Type  Status 
Milford St. Ext. 40  Affordable Senior Housing  Estimated start 11/23 
Larkin St.  Market Rate  Under construction
Lancaster Ave.  60  Market Rate  Under construction
Broadway  60 Market Rate  Under construction
Fruit St.  Market Rate  Not yet started 
Ohio St.  44  Market Rate  Under construction 
Cleveland St.  41  Permanent Supportive Housing  Estimated start 10/23 
Hammond St.  16  Tiny Home Park  Under construction 
Milford St. Ext.  40  Affordable Family Housing  Estimated start 9/24 
Sunset Ave.  50  Affordable Senior Housing  Estimated start 5/24 

 

» Financial Support

Utilizing our Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to invest in housing.

FY2024 (7/1/23 - 6/30/24):

1st Quarter

Affordable Housing (ARPA) - $3,915,000

 

2nd Quarter

Affordable Housing (CDBG) - $95,000

Infrastructure for Housing - $90,000

Heat pump and weatherization rebates - $99,000

Down payment & closing cost assistance - $10,000

 

3rd Quarter

Affordable Housing (CDBG) - $578,723

Down payment & closing cost assistance - $62,776

 

FY2023 (7/1/22 - 6/30/23): $1,750,925

Down payment & closing cost assistance - $89,933

Heat pump and weatherization rebates - $161,891

Residential Rehabilitation - $363,001

Affordable Housing (ARPA) - $936,100

Affordable Housing (CDBG) - $200,000

 

» Reducing Regulatory Barriers

2024

○ Reduce Restrictions on Setbacks and Dimensional Requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units

○ Creating Regulations and Allowances for Co-Living Dormitories

Reduce Off-Street Parking Minimums for Residential Dwellings

Rezoning of Property on Grandview Ave. from Park & Open Space to Multifamily & Service District

 

2023

○ Tenants’ Rights policy
Allowing permanent supportive housing in additional zones
○ Allowed multi-family and mixed commercial residential in 2 major commercial zones
○ Revised mobile/manufactured home park language to comply with State law, allowing more flexibility for expansion/new park creation
○ Enacted zone changes to comply with LD 2003, allowing for more dwelling units in residential zones

 

2022

○ Reduced parking requirements
○ Allowed for tiny home parks
○ Allowed boardinghouses
○ Allowed greater flexibility on non-conforming properties

Allowed for permanent supportive housing

 

2020

○ Reduced lot sizes and setbacks in some residential zones

 

2019

○ Accessory Dwelling Units allowance enacted (ADU)

 

» Current Projects

• Grandview Ave Housing Development Project rezoned to Multifamily & Service District (M&SD) – approved by City Council on 3/25/2024
Public Charette meeting – date pending

Short-term rental regulations - Starting May 2024
• Bangor Housing Study Bid - Council approved contract to HR&A on 1/8/24
o Housing Needs Assessment
o Update to 2019 housing study
o Encourage ADU’s
o Evaluate other possible barriers to housing
o Evaluate potential development scenarios
o Identify gaps and resources for achieving housing goals
• Pre-approved building plan bid - Staff is reviewing proposals
• Rental Registry (Licensure) Program, for long-term rentals - Starting May 2024
• Sprinkler systems and heat pumps for multi-family
• Evaluate city properties for reuse - Update on 2/5/24 B&ED meeting

• Reducing setback/dimensional restrictions for ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units) – reviewed on 4/2/2024 Planning Board meeting and reviewed by City Council 4/8/2024

• Increasing height allowance for certain districts to facilitate adding dwelling units – reviewed on 4/2/2024 Planning Board meeting and reviewed by B&ED May 2024

 

» Additional Resources

Maine State Housing Authority

Bangor Housing Study

 

Page updated on 4/16/24