The Transformational Possibilities of Urban Renewal in Oregon

As you know, the BCD Initiative advocates for a safe, inclusive, and community-oriented transformation in the Bend Central District. We aren't just here to talk about the community vision - we want to show you how public investment has catalyzed real changes in other cities around Oregon.

Join us on Thursday, March 21st at Deschutes Brewery Taproom for a panel discussion on the basics of Urban Renewal Areas and Tax Increment Financing and hear from practitioners in the field about successful projects across Oregon.

The BCD Initiative Presents: The Transformational Possibilities of Urban Renewal in Oregon

Join industry pros and community leaders to discuss the successful strategic planning in surrounding communities, as well as the potential in our own home:

  • Deschutes Brewery Taproom - Upstairs
    (1044 Northwest Bond Street Bend, OR 97703)

  • Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Appetizers provided by the BCD Initiative - beverages
    available for purchase

  • RSVP Required


  • Chuck Arnold, Urban Renewal Manager of Redmond, OR

  • Courtney Griesel, Economic Development Director of Springfield, OR

  • Matt Stuart, Urban Renewal Manager of Bend, OR

Call to Action: Request Public Hearing on Plan for Platypus Pub

The landowner/developer has revised the proposed site plan from what was presented last spring. Now the Platypus Pub building would be demolished and the proposal is to build one 7,000 sq. ft. drive-thru building and a parking lot on the corner of Third Street and NE Lafayette. You can learn more about the proposal by clicking here, following the link for “Public Viewer for Planning Permits,” and searching for PZ-18-0233.

Since many people were unable to make it to the informational meeting held by the developer due to heavy snowfall and closures, we suggest writing in to ask the city to elevate the application to a Type II Decision so that there will be a Public Hearing where the city and developer can consider more public input. Send comments to

City of Bend Core Area Planning

The BURA Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) Advisory Board will meet monthly over the next two years while a new Urban Renewal Feasibility Study is completed. The Advisory Board will provide recommendations to BURA relating to the potential use of urban renewal for the central area of Bend to accomplish the goals and policies outlined in the Bend Comprehensive Plan.

The Advisory Board had its first meeting on February 12th. To view the meeting materials and learn more, visit the city’s dedicated page:

The next meeting for this City of Bend committee will be:

Date:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
Time:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where:  Salvation Army Dining Hall, 515 NE DeKalb Ave., Bend

Give Input on Transit Planning!

Cascades East Transit (CET) is developing a Regional Transit Master Plan and needs your input to prioritize near-term public transportation projects. Light refreshments and activities for children will be provided.

CET March Open House in Bend

Thursday, March 21, 3:30 - 7:00 pm

at Trinity Episcopal Church (469 NW Wall Street)

 Stay up-to-date on the planning process by visiting To request information in an alternative format or to have an interpreter on site during the open house events, please call Rachel Zakem at 541-504-3310 or send an email to