A law passed by the Oregon legislature in 2019 requires that cities allow middle housing types where single-family homes are permitted. Duplexes must be allowed on any lot where single-family detached homes are allowed. Triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters must be allowed in any zone where single-family detached homes are allowed.
In order to implement the statute and the administrative rules approved by the state in 2020, City staff have been drafting amendments to the Bend Development Code (BDC). The staff has been assisted by a “stakeholder advisory group” composed of representatives from the Planning Commission, City Council, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Leadership Alliance, Central Oregon Builders Association, Central Oregon LandWatch, […]
The Board is concerned about pending legislation that would change Bend’s UGB in the name of settling a favor for one legislator
Below is an analysis of HB 2282, which concerns 261.6 acres called the Stevens Road tract. This land is presently owned by the Department of State Lands and is outside Bend’s newly created Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). The tract borders the 382-acre Stevens Ranch property which was recently incorporated into Bend’s UGB.
The City of Bend did not ask for this legislation. This bill would prevent the Stevens Road tract from being used for affordable and middle-income housing and override the City in determining its land use.
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA) has been working with the City of Bend to improve the signage that is required to be posted at new developments. You might have seen the small white signs posted at empty lots, written in marker and usually worn or blown away within a few days. New requirements are going to the Planning Commission on February 8th. Once they approve it, the draft language will go to City Council for final approval.
The City of Bend operates on a two-year budgeting cycle. Before the budget is drafted, city councilors establish their goals and then align the budget toward accomplishing those goals.
The Old Farm District Neighborhood Association was invited to submit our goals for consideration by Council. We will present our recommendation to City staff and Council on Monday, January 11th, ahead of our Special Neighborhood Meeting.
Here is OFDNA’s priority as submitted to the City on a form they provided:
The Stevens Road Tract will be getting a Master Plan! It is now being referred to as the Stevens Ranch Master Plan. Details below.
The Old Farm District Neighborhood Association is invited to attend a virtual meeting regarding a land use application request for a Major Community Master Plan and Annexation (Stevens Ranch Master Plan) for approximately 369 acres located in the DSL Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Expansion Area, generally located east of SE 27th Street and south of Stevens Road, and north of the future extension of SE Ferguson Road. The property is currently vacant, and zoned Urbanizable Area (UA), which is […]