The City has released three proposed expansion scenarios. We believe Scenario 2.1 (pictured below) comes the closest to addressing our community values of preventing urban sprawl, protecting wildlife habitat, sustaining vibrant neighborhoods, and achieving balanced growth, but a few modifications are necessary to make Bend even better.
The benefits of Scenario 2.1 are its focus on creating complete communities with a mix of land available for housing and employment and its relatively limited expansion into wildlife habitat and high fire risk lands.
However, Scenario 2.1 must be changed to achieve more balanced growth by including more land in the Northeast area instead of in the West. We can make affordable housing more achievable by reducing expansion in areas with higher land values.