Colvin Oil, LLC has filed an application to develop a commercial center on 2.7 acres at the Murphy/Brosterhousroundabout. The applications can be found at the Bend Online Permit Center, application numbers PLSPR20220270, PLCUP20220284, PLCUP20220285 and PLMISC20220729.
The lot is zoned Convenience Commercial (CC). The Bend Development Code requires a CC development to be adjacent and connected to residential districts. Its purpose is to providefor frequent shopping and services needs of nearby residents. Automobile-dependent and automobile-reliant businesses are not permitted outright in a CC zone, but they may be allowed if they are needed by the adjacent neighborhoods and if they qualify for a conditional use permit. The applications are posted on the Bend Online Permit Center.
Colvin Oil proposes to build the development in three phases. The first phase would be a gas station and convenience store and later a drive-through food/coffee business. Over 1,650 people have signed an online petition opposing these two businesses. See https://www.change.org/p/bend-no-gas-station-brosterhous-murphy. They welcome this development but are opposed to the traffic and pollution the gas station and drive-through will cause in such dense residential neighborhoods. Jewell Elementary School is 800’ to the north, and Caldera High School is one-third of a mile to the south.
The OFDNA board circulated a survey to residents living both in the OFDNA and residents living elsewhere. The question posed was:
Do you support the City of Bend granting a conditional use
permit (CUP) for a gas station and drive thru at Brosterhous
and Murphy (B&M)?
429 residents responded. The results from the multi-neighborhood residents:
No, I am against a gas station and drive thru at B&M: 84.15%
Yes, I am in support of a gas station and drive thru at B&M: 11.89%.
Not decided: .23%
The results from only the OFDNA residents:
No, I am against a gas station and drive thru at B&M: 81.51%
Yes, I am in support of a gas station and drive thru at B&M: 14.72%.
Not decided: .38%
On November 14, 2022, the Old Farm District board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the conditional use permits for the gas station and drive-through. The Board filed its official comment with the city today.