Housing Affordability Workgroup
The Workforce Affordability Workgroup was established by resolution of the City Council on November 9, 2021.
The role of The Work Group is to conduct a review of housing needs, availability, and affordability in Bentonville by:
a) Defining affordable housing, work force housing, and any distinctions between the two;
b) Analyzing the cost, availability1 apd application requirements for affordable and work force housing, both existing and planned in the City; and
c) Assessing the ways the City might have an effect on the availability, affordability, and application requirements of affordable and work force housing.
The Work Group will consist of 7 non-compensated members who shall be appointed by the Mayor, and affirmed by the City Council, to serve in this voluntary role. The membership should reflect representation from various community stake holders, for example: local non-profit housing authorities, local developers or builders, UL! or NWAHBA members, private citizens, etc. this suggested list is non-exhaustive. The Mayor shall appoint the Chairperson and Secretary from the 7 members appointed. The Mayor shall appoint I City Council member to serve as part of the 7 member Work Group. The Mayor shall appoint at least 3 City staff members to serve in an advisory and informational capacity.
The meetings for the Work Group will be open to the public and the Work Group will host at least two public workshops specifically for public comment;
The Work Group will serve under the guidance of the Planning Department for administrative purposes; and
The Work Group will prepare a written report outlining a plan of action responsive to the tasks contained in Section 2, summarizing the public input and data analysis, and providing recommendations for further study if needed. These findings shall be presented to City Council by June 30, 2022, at which time more tasks may be assigned to the Work Group, at the discretion of the Mayor or the City Council, for its final report due by November 30, 2022.