A potentially new issue has arisen with the portion of DSL land still outside the UGB.
A state legislator based out of Salem – Brian Clem – is sponsoring legislation that would bypass the normal land use process in order to facilitate the sale of the remaining DSL land to a specific person: a developer who lost his investment in a resort on the Metolius.
The legislation in question is HB 2282. You can read it online here.
This idea was proposed in 2020, but the legislative walkouts prevented it from being considered then. Read about the proposed deal from then in the Bulletin. The bill has returned for the new 2021 legislative session.
The sponsor of this amendment, Rep Brian Clem (Salem), can be reached at Rep.BrianClem@oregonlegislature.gov or 503-986-1421.
Bend’s representative, Jason Kropf, can be reached at Rep.JasonKropf@oregonlegislature.gov or 503-986-1454.
Senator Tim Knopp will have an opportunity to comment on this as well. He can be reached at Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov or 503-986-1727.
Additionally, this deal requires the consent of Bend City Council in order to annex the land. You can reach council at firstname.lastname@example.org.