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Redmond looks to add nearly 7,000 homes by 2039

City working to accommodate projected population growth

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- According to a report provided Tuesday to the Redmond City Council, 67% of the 11,068 people who work in Redmond commute from outside of the city. Now, the city is looking to add about 7,000 new housing units to accommodate 20 years of projected growth.

On Tuesday, NewsChannel 21 spoke with Redmond Deputy City Manager John Roberts to learn why there is a need to adopt the new housing plan.

“The need for this plan is two-fold,” Roberts said. “It is a state requirement, and also Deschutes County remains the fastest-growing county in the state. The growth in Redmond itself is pretty significant, and it’s expected to go upwards 4-6% a year from what we’re currently experiencing.”

Currently, the city says, about 38% of households in Redmond cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s fair-market rent of $965 a month. Last year, in order to afford a two-bedroom rental unit, the household income needed to be at least $18.56 an hour. 

Joe Puentes, who owns Proust Coffee in downtown Redmond, said despite the challenges, the projected growth is good for business.

Puentes and his family first moved to Redmond from Prineville after relocating from Colorado. He said it’s no surprise that Redmond is becoming more popular.

“Being downtown, we see it all,” Puentes said. “We’ve had homeless people sleeping in front of our business. And so, what do you do? Add more housing!”

He said when his family first started their business, Redmond felt “kind of lonely.”

“We’re three years into having this business, and it’s definitely going really well,” Puentes said. “We definitely notice the sense of more people in the area. Three years ago, we would have our regulars, but foot traffic in our store was very few and far in between.”

The city says Redmond will need to provide 6,963 housing units in a 20-year span, by 2039. Of that, the goal is for 60% of those to be single-family detached homes, 15% single-family attached homes, such as duplexes, and the rest as multi-family homes, such as apartments. 

The housing plan was discussed during Tuesday’s city council meeting. More information can be found on the meeting homepage at

Central Oregon / News / Redmond

Rhea Panela

Rhea Panela is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Rhea here.



    1. I think you are correct. Bend is growing at a pace I have never experienced, so people are looking for housing in RDM, and the people in RDM (as they stated) are looking to Madras and Prineville. Just like last time, but this one has more legs I think. I have never seen so many people moving here from literally everywhere in the US. I’ve had at least 1 rental in Central Oregon for over 15 years and have always had applicants from the area. This last vacancy, the first 4 were from NY, TN, WI, and of course CA.

  1. The promblem with this is their building homes thats the average person cant afford to buy. I surely dont have 300k lying around to buy a house here and the rental options are crazy. Its impossible to find a 4 bedroom in redmond under 2 grand. Let alone a rental that has a garage and a fenced backyard. Parking is ridiculous at every apartment complex every busy street. Families of 6 have the hardest time finding affordable housing. We cant just live in a 2 bedroom apartment and call it good like everyone else. They need to build affordable 3,4 bedroom places with a garage and fenced backyard! And management companies need to be more linient on the deposits. Paying 5 grand just to move in some where is ridiculous!
    In north dakota i lived in a 2bedroom duplex for 600$ a month. And at that time the oil field was there. So why is it so expensive to live in central oregon? Theres nothing here no money here.

    1. You are ranting about nothing. Why did you move here? Did you not look at rental prices before you came? The Dakota’s are wastelands, so of course it was $600! No one wants to live there, they go there to work only, and as soon as the work dries up, they move on. I have a rental that is a 4 bedroom with a garage and a large fenced yard that I rent out for under $1700 in RDM, so again you are way off base. Sounds like you should move.

  2. Will be a slum then after building these cheap houses. City of Redmond doesn’t care just as allowing Accessory Dwelling Units which cheapen the neighborhood housing values. I won’t be around in 2039 but a hell of a lot of young people will have to deal with this crap.

  3. No mention in the article of planning for infrastructure such as roads, water, sewers,schools. Sure new comers can make a good living selling burgers and coffee to each other or working as a “scanner outer” at a super store. That will get them that 500k house for sure.

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