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Informational Public Meeting on Neff and Purcell Improvements Project

The City of Bend will host a public meeting to share important information about the upcoming Neff and Purcell Improvements Project construction. The project team will share construction plans and information regarding the intersection closure, detour route and schedule.

A full closure of the Neff Road and Purcell Boulevard intersection is required for construction.  The intersection closure will start February 22 and continue through mid-summer 2023.

The meeting is an open format, so attendees can arrive anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There will be no formal program. Instead, there will be information stations where visitors can speak with project team members, ask questions about the project and learn what to expect during […]

January 26th, 2023|Categories: Construction, News, Transportation|

City Council Eliminates Parking Minimums

On January 18, the Bend City Council voted 4-2 to no longer require that developers create a minimum number of off-street parking spaces for new developments to help reduce the cost of new housing, reduce vehicle emissions and encourage more walkable communities.

With this policy change, Council removed minimum off-street parking requirements from Bend’s development code, and additionally created rules related to facilities for electric vehicles.

Bend joins other cities in Oregon, up and down the West Coast, and across the United States in making the change to remove parking minimums from City code, said Mayor Melanie Kebler.

“Cities across America are realizing the need to shift away from costly government parking mandates […]

January 26th, 2023|Categories: Code Changes, News, Transportation|

Action Needed – Appeal City Council’s Approval for Gas Station at Murphy & Brosterhous

ACTION NEEDED BY FEBRUARY 1st!

PLEASE WRITE TO EACH CITY COUNCILOR AND ASK THEM TO ACCEPT THE APPEALS OF BEND
CITIZENS FROM THE HEARINGS OFFICER’S DECISION APPROVING A GAS STATION AND DRIVE-
THRU COFFEE SHOP AT THE MURPHY/BROSTERHOUS INTERSECTION.

A hearings officer has approved the conditional use permits for the gas station and drive-thru at the Murphy/Brosterhous intersection. We have filed appeals to the City Council. The City Council will decide on February 1 whether to hear our appeals or affirm the hearings officer’s decision. Council has the discretion to hear, or not hear, the case de novo (from the beginning), which would allow us to present evidence […]

January 26th, 2023|Categories: Land Use, News|

Bend City Council to consider master plan for unique affordable housing opportunity

A unique housing opportunity is coming before the Bend Planning Commission and Bend City Council again this spring.

On Jan. 23, 2023, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the master plan of Parkside Place.

Parkside Place is the product of House Bill 4079, a state bill that passed in 2016 that allowed for 35 acres on the east boarder of Bend to be brought into the urban growth boundary through a non-traditional process. The goal was to aid in the effort to build more affordable housing.

Plans for the property, which stretches […]

January 19th, 2023|Categories: Land Use, News|

New City Councilor – Megan Norris

Bend City Councilors selected Megan Norris to fill the seat on the Bend City Council that was vacated when Melanie Kebler won the November election for Mayor. Norris will fill the seat for the remaining two years of Kebler’s term.

Norris is a planning manager at Hayden Homes and a board member of the Deschutes Children’s Foundation, according to her application materials, which also said her volunteerism includes: “working closely with local governments on a variety of issues – from housing to childcare to clean energy,” and “… as the Childcare Accelerator for Central Oregon, I often met and presented at Bend Economic […]

January 13th, 2023|Categories: News|
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