he 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.
The City of Bend has completed Phase 1 of its Transportation System Planning (TSP) process. Phase 1 identified a Citywide Transportation Framework, which includes projects and programs that principally affect the City’s arterial and collector system and transportation patterns in the City as a whole. The Citywide Transportation Framework will serve as the basis for Phases 2 and 3 of Bend’s Transportation Plan.
We need to plan ahead so that together, our land uses and transportation system can reduce the average number of miles we all have to travel to get to where we want to go.
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.
Throughout Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary planning process, LandWatch was the leading public interest group advocating for a limited expansion to prevent urban sprawl, encourage cost-effective growth, protect wildlife habitat, and foster affordable housing.
LandWatch forged compromises with local developers that allowed the community to come to a consensus around the future shape of the city. Together with Brooks Resources, LandWatch developed the Westside Transect to manage growth in sensitive areas and hired the Portland-based Director of GBD Architects to ensure the city’s plans for redevelopment around Third Street would be economically feasible. These partnerships between the private sector and Central Oregon LandWatch helped the city to successfully pass the Urban Growth Boundary plan this September.
LandWatch’s strong voice in the planning process helped to create a plan that will add more housing capacity to the city while reducing urban sprawl by 70% compared to the original proposal in 2008. By focusing density and redevelopment in several efficiently located “Opportunity Areas,” the plan avoids impacting established neighborhoods. These key urban renewal areas are ripe for investment and will complement existing neighborhoods so that more people have more options for economic services, grocery shops, and dining out closer to where they live.
Now that the plan for the Urban Growth Boundary has been adopted, it must be put into action within the planning window. Our city’s future hangs in the balance of this plan’s successful implementation. Central Oregon LandWatch, with its eight years of active work on the UGB and a legal department specialized in land use law, is the only group with the background and legal understanding to see that Bend’s visionary plan becomes reality. LandWatch will be watching and actively involved to ensure we are truly becoming a better Bend.