Speak up for rural quality of life at Deschutes County Meetings

Ever wonder why it's so easy to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the peaceful mountains, high desert, and farm and range land around Central Oregon?

We have Oregon’s visionary land use system to thank for that. The statewide planning system keeps urban development in urban areas and protects our natural surroundings. It was created more than forty years ago and has preserved the open space, farm and range land, and forest ecosystems we all now enjoy. 

Tell the Deschutes County Planning Commission you appreciate these protections at its upcoming meetings around the county:

  • Sisters: Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., Sisters High School, 1700 McKinney Butte Rd
  • Redmond: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Redmond City Hall, 437 SW 9th St
  • La Pine: Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way
  • Bend: Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Deschutes Services Building, 1300 NW Wall St.  This meeting will include public hearings on the proposed Floodplain amendments and the Planning Division’s Annual Work Plan          
Photo: Austin Montreil Leonard

Photo: Austin Montreil Leonard

From Deschutes County:

The Deschutes County Planning Commission and Planning Division will conduct a series of meetings beginning this week around the County to:

  1. Provide an overview of the County’s Planning Program, the Planning Commission, and the Community Development Department; 
  2. Invite public comments on land use planning issues in each geographic region and/or county wide. Public comments are highly encouraged and extremely valuable as they inform the Commission and planning staff on local and regional land use planning issues. The comments also shape the County’s Annual Planning Division Work Plan; and
  3. Share information and invite public comments on the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance that would change the Flood Plain zone from a base (primary) zone to an overlay (combining) zone. The changes are intended to clarify and simplify zoning for properties encumbered by the Flood Plain zone. These changes will not affect the mapped flood plain boundary or development standards within the zone. Please note the County also mailed post cards to all properties in the Floodplain Zone notifying them of these meetings and the public hearing.  More information is available online at: http://www.deschutes.org/floodplain or please contact Associate Long Range Planner Matt Martin at 541-330-4620 or matt.martin@deschutes.org.