Alaina Campos and three of her daughters outside their new home. They secured a rental in Redmond after months of searching.

Alaina Campos and three of her daughters outside their new home. They secured a rental in Redmond after months of searching.

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The Redmond City Council discussed options for new housing Tuesday.

Central Oregonians are well aware that it’s hard to find an apartment or a rental home in Bend. 

“With the very limited rental supply in Central Oregon it’s just as tough right now in Redmond to find a rental,” said Heather Richards, Redmond’s community development director.

The rental vacancy rate in the region is less than 1 percent, making Central Oregon the tightest rental market in the state.

Richards says Redmond has a shortage of both low-end and high-end housing. So there are few affordable options for low-income residents, but also not many units for executives who are well-paid.  

What Redmond does have is the advantage of land: The city has 2,200 acres within the urban growth boundary where new housing could be built. 

“We have adequate land supply. We have good zoning,” said Richards.

The city will develop a new plan for affordable housing construction in the next year.