We are a key partner in the BCD Initiative, which is building momentum and support for the Bend Central District's transformation into a vibrant, healthy, and mixed-use neighborhood with safe connections between east and west Bend. 

pivotal role in Bend's urban growth boundary success

Photo Courtesy of Christian Heeb

Photo Courtesy of Christian Heeb

Throughout the eight years of Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary planning process, LandWatch was the leading public interest group advocating for a limited expansion to prevent urban sprawl, encourage cost-effective growth, protect wildlife habitat, and foster affordable housing. 

LandWatch’s strong voice in the planning process helped to create a plan that will add more housing capacity to the city while reducing urban sprawl by 70% compared to the original proposal in 2008. By focusing density and redevelopment in several efficiently located “Opportunity Areas,” the plan avoids impacting established neighborhoods. These key urban renewal areas will complement existing neighborhoods so that more people have more options for economic services, grocery shops, and dining out closer to where they live. 

Now that the plan for the Urban Growth Boundary has been adopted, it must be put into action within the planning window. Bend’s future hangs in the balance of this plan’s successful implementation, and Central Oregon LandWatch is the only group with the background and legal understanding to see that Bend’s visionary plan becomes reality. We will be watching and actively involved to ensure we are truly becoming a better Bend.