Last night, LandWatch advocated for wildlife habitat and protection from wildfire risk adjacent to Shevlin Park by supporting an application for a new zone in Deschutes County. The proposal to create a Westside Transect zone will extend to the county the 2016 UGB concept of tapering density as the city boundary nears the forest where there is higher risk of wildfire.
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.
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.
A recent editorial in The Bulletin addressed a LandWatch letter to Bend2030 regarding the Collaborative Housing Workgroup. Our letter praised Bend2030’s goals of increasing the supply of middle market housing in Bend. We also suggested a few changes to the proposed policy tools so that they would not tip the balance that was struck to protect neighborhoods during the multi-year, city-wide Urban Growth Boundary planning process.. Please find the letter available here.
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