Missing Middle Housing

Central Oregon LandWatch Awarded $100,000 Grant for Community Planning in the Bend Central District

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.

Broad Coalition Recommends Urban Renewal to Revitalize the Heart of Bend

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.

The Franklin underpass can be dark, dank and dangerous. This visualization of concepts for improving the approach was created by Vallier Design Associates, Inc as a volunteer project for the BCD Initiative and is an example of the types of civic projects urban renewal can accomplish.

The Franklin underpass can be dark, dank and dangerous. This visualization of concepts for improving the approach was created by Vallier Design Associates, Inc as a volunteer project for the BCD Initiative and is an example of the types of civic projects urban renewal can accomplish.

Announcing our initiative to encourage mixed-use development in Bend’s Central District

Announcing our initiative to encourage mixed-use development in Bend’s Central District

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.