Last week, Prineville city councilors voted on rezoning 33 acres of industrial land into a residential development. This will begin later this year. Many complaints were issued, from near by neighbors, concerning the fact that this piece of industrial land sits in the middle of a residential area. It will take some time, potentially 2 years, before this property will be opened to the public for residential housing. It will begin as temporary housing for workers assigned to data center construction projects.
The rezoning is part of a plan by development company Smith Landing LLC. This is great news for the city of Prineville because of their housing crunch issue, an issue faced by many of the cities in our area. Prineville Planing Director, Phil Stenback says “In terms of worker housing and affordable housing, there’s significant pressure on these markets.” We look forward to seeing expansion in smaller towns like Prineville.
Affordable housing is becoming limited in many areas, adjustments like this are needed to keep our area thriving. Some may not like the idea of continued expansion and may rightfully have some reservations. What is important is, that if we do continue to grow, we do it in the right way with the proper processes in place to keep us from overdoing it and taking away from what so many of us have come to love about our area.
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