Public hearing upcoming for code updates

More meeting details can be found the Planning Commission webpage and the Bend City Council webpage. Note that the City Council meeting is held on a Thursday in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday.
A package of code amendments is going before the Bend City Council on June 20 regulating trees on development sites, street trees, right-of-way planter strips and construction site erosion control.

These updates have similar timing needs based on City Council mandates and state regulatory agency requirements, and they also impact some of the same sections of city codes and standards.  The proposed updates have been discussed with a variety of stakeholders including COBA, the Tree Regulation Update Advisory Committee (TRUAC), the Bend Utilities Public Advisory Group, and others.

Read more about the updates:

Tree preservation and new development

The Bend Planning Commission and Bend City Council will vote on a variety of proposed changes, which includes requiring new development on 1 acre or larger to preserve more large trees. When that’s not possible, developers would have to either replant new trees or pay a fee for a certain percentage of trees removed from a site.

Money collected from the fee would go toward planting more trees throughout the City to provide more shade and keep Bend beautiful. The community is invited to the following public meetings this June.

Come listen and learn:
Planning Commission Work Session: June 3, at 5:30 p.m. online and at City Hall.

Come share your testimony:
Planning Commission Public Hearing: June 10 at 5:30 p.m. online and at City Hall
City Council Public Hearing: Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. online and at City Hall.

Learn more about what the recommended changes are and where they would apply at bendoregon.gov/tree-code.

Right-of-way landscapes

  • Updated language in Bend Development Code will prohibit new construction of turf lawn and inefficient overhead spray irrigation in City Right of Way (ROW) planter strips to conserve water, supporting City Council Goals and the City’s adopted Water Management and Conservation Plan.
  • Updates to Chapter 12 of the Engineering Standards and Specifications will support the Development Code changes and apply to all ROW landscaping, providing consistency across all types of development.
  • Updated and expanded acceptable street trees list, plant list, and example templates for ROW landscape planting and irrigation will be added to an appendix of the Engineering Standards and Specifications.
  • The City Council public hearing on these topics will be held at 7 p.m. on June 20 online and at City Hall. Questions can be directed to Dan Denning.

Construction site erosion control

  • New Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regulatory requirements for Construction Site Runoff Control in the City of Bend must be in place by Nov. 1, 2024, which includes reducing the City’s threshold for minimum erosion control program requirements to projects with 5,000 square feet or more of land disturbance.
  • Changes include removing existing erosion control plan and permit exemptions for smaller project types including one to four unit housing developments. To accommodate these regulatory changes and meet the implementation deadline, the City is revising Municipal Code Title 16 and will include updates for clarity and consistency throughout the Title.
  • The City Council Public Hearing for Municipal Code Title 16 amendments will be held at 7 p.m. on June 20 online and at City Hall.  Draft Title 16 amendments will be available for public review upon request by emailing Elizabeth O’Keefe starting June 3.