The Department of State Lands (DSL) owns roughly 640 acres east of 27th Street in Bend – an area known as the Stevens Road Tract. Part of the land – 320 acres – was brought into Bend’s UGB area in 2016, making it attractive for development. Moving toward development is a long process with many steps allowing public participation along the way. On December 10, 2019, the State Land Board approved a portion of the land for sale – mainly the portion already within Bend’s UGB.

Here’s how you can learn more about the land and be involved going forward.

Next steps: We will monitor what comes after the sale in Summer 2020. A Master Plan will be likely be required before this land can be developed, but that may be far in the future still.

A potentially new issue has arisen apart from the regular sale of land within the UGB.

State legislators are considering an amendment that would expand the UGB outside of the normal process in order to trade the land rights for a DSL land that lies outside of the UGB with a developer who lost his investment in a resort on the Metolius.

This would have been achieved by an amendment to HB 4012 proposed by Rep Brian Clem of Salem.

The failure of the 2020 state legislative session may have delayed this bill from being passed, which gives you time to learn more and contact elected officials. Read about the proposed deal in the Bulletin.

The sponsor of this amendment, Rep Brian Clem (Salem), can be reached at Rep.BrianClem@oregonlegislature.gov or 503-986-1421.

Bend’s representative, Cheri Helt, can be reached at Rep.CheriHelt@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 council@bendoregon.gov.

Events & public comment opportunities

  • Sold for $22 Million
    April 2020

    Estimates expect the development impact to be $450 million after build out.

  • Annexation
    To be determined

    While the land is inside Bend’s UGB, it is not yet within Bend’s city limits. Annexation must take place first.

  • Master Plan Development and Public Comment
    To be determined

    A property of this size and type must be held to a Master Plan. That’s where the number and type of housing and other land uses is defined by City ordinance.

  • Check the News section below for more updates!

View sale information

  • The firm Cushman & Wakefield has been retained by DSL as advisor to the sale – something like a real estate agent for a property this large.

    View the sale information promoted by Cushman & Wakefield at BendMasterPlan.com.

View Cushman & Wakefield’s promotional video:

History

2007 Master Plan documents

Past events

  • Sale announced by State Lands Board
    Monday, April 27, 2020

  • Possible sale decision by State Lands Board
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

  • Public comment period ends
    Friday, November 15, 2019 – 5:00pm
    DSL website comment form

    Please submit comments prior to this date! Be sure to reference transaction number 60753-LS.

  • DSL Public Meeting
    Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – 5:30-7:30pm
    Fellowship Hall, Nativity Lutheran Church
    60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend, OR 97702

    An informational meeting only.