Central Oregon LandWatch received a $100,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust to continue work on the BCD Initiative, which is building broad support for policies and programs that promote the community’s vision for a vibrant, healthy, and resilient mixed-use neighborhood in the Bend Central District.
The City of Bend is proposing changes to its Comprehensive Plan that would allow more density in the Residential Standard Zone (RS) by permitting duplexes and triplexes (referred to as "plexes") on smaller lots.
Twenty-seven groups including businesses, neighborhoods, affordable housing and other nonprofits, volunteer technical experts, landowners, and developers sent a letter to the City Council recommending creating an urban renewal area in the Bend Central District and nearby KorPine opportunity site. Read their recommendation letter here.
Upcoming Decision Points
The letter helps set the stage for next Wednesday, March 21st, when the Bend City Council will be discussing where to focus planning efforts to implement the expansion areas and opportunity sites identified by the 2016 Urban Growth Boundary planning process. These next few meetings will be critical decision points for the future of the Bend Central District.
Council Work Session on Feasibility Studies
Wednesday, March 21st 2:30pm - 6:30pm
City Council Chambers, 710 NW Wall Street
*this meeting is informational only and there will be no option for public comment. Stay tuned for public input dates.
Revitalizing the heart of Bend will create capacity for new housing and jobs within the core of the city and improve connections for existing residents.
We are following up on our successful in the Bend Urban Growth Boundary planning process by advocating for the “BCD Initiative” to implement a key component of that Plan. The BCD Initiative will be featured at City Club of Central Oregon’s forum, “Bend’s Central District: What Will Future Urban Density Look Like in the Center of Our City?” on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.