For more than a decade, Central Oregon LandWatch has been concerned about the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the forested area next to the west side of Bend. Most of this land would have been developed at urban levels had it come in with the City of Bend’s 2009 Urban Growth Boundary proposal to expand the city by more than 8,400 acres. Instead, our advocacy helped reduce the approved expansion by 70% by increasing densities inside the existing city boundaries.
As people continue to move here, the Bend Central District is our best hope for Central Oregon to grow into a place we want to keep calling home.
This spring, we launched the BCD Initiative to build momentum and support for the Bend Central District's transformation into a vibrant, healthy, and resilient mixed-use neighborhood with safe connections between east and west Bend.
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This video by the City of Bend features LandWatch Executive Director Paul Dewey in his role as a Technical Advisory Committee member for Bend's Urban Growth Boundary which was adopted by the state in late 2016.