BANGOR – Bangor city leaders have released findings from a housing work group they’ve been working on since the fall.
They said they’ve found the city needs to work on affordability and the quality of housing.
Some recommendations to city councilors include implementing inspections or registrations for rented units, something officials said already happens in other parts of the state.
Other ideas include changing zoning to encourage developers to build more affordable worker housing.
“Maybe encourage some folks who have been waiting in the wings – maybe thinking about getting into a rehab project,” said Tanya Emery, Bangor’s director of community and economic development. “There’s opportunity here and we need more inventory and we need it in all different ways, whether it’s single family homes, quality affordable apartments.”
Through this study, officials were surprised to find Bangor is less affordable than Portland, because incomes in this part of the state tend to be lower than in southern Maine.
While the study is over, the findings were brought to the Bangor City Council Monday evening to look into policy change and ongoing dialogue. Any additional ideas can be sent to [email protected]. A full document of the work group’s comprehensive findings is available on the city’s website.