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Bend UGB Expansion Talks Underway
Bend Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Expansion
Are you concerned about how the City of Bend will grow in the years to come? If you would like to have your voice heard in a meaningful way, now is the time to get involved.
In 2010, LandWatch successfully appealed the City of Bend's large proposed UGB expansion. The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) issued a remand, which means that the City has to address the many aspects of the proposal that violated state land use laws.
LandWatch is at the table again and participating in the remand proceedings. The other parties invited to participate at this stage are overwhelmingly developers. While developers have a critical role in how our city grows, they represent only a thin sliver of the community. They are pushing the City to accelerate the UGB expansion process and will have a very strong influence on how and what decisions are made.
The City plans to do public outreach, but that is not likely to happen until 2015. By that time, many decisions will already have been made. Without a strong presence by smart-growth advocates in these earliest planning discussions and throughout the entire process, urban sprawl is a likely outcome.
OSU-Cascades Campus and the Bend UGB
When the last UGB proposal was sent back to the city, the OSU-Cascade Campus on Bend's west side was not on the radar screen. Now it is an important aspect of the current UGB expansion planning. While the proposed development of the OSU-Cascades Campus can be considered as a “positive” in many respects, it also entails substantial impacts – transportation, housing, and otherwise – to the west side of Bend. We anticipate being actively engaged as plans for the campus are developed.
You can read city documents related to the remand here:
Here are stories in the news about the UGB expansion:
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