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The Bend Neighborhood Associations provide residents the opportunity to help shape the future of their neighborhood and the City.

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NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATIONS ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES TOOLKIT FORMS & DOCUMENTS
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Neighborhood Associations maintain and improve the quality of life in the city, increase citizen participation in local decision making, and form an effective partnership between the city and neighborhood residents. At this time there are 13 Neighborhood Associations that are recognized by the Bend City Council.


Neighborhood Association Locations

Neighborhood Associations Map
NEIGHBORHOOD LOCATION ESTABLISHED
Awbrey Butte
Currently Inactive
Northwest Bend December 7, 2005
Boyd Acres Northeast Bend July 16, 2003
Century West Century Drive Area July 20, 2005
Larkspur Southeast Bend January 19, 2005
Mountain View Northeast Bend February 19, 2003
Old Bend South Central Bend Business Core October 16, 2002
Old Farm District Southeast Bend June 18, 2003
Orchard District East Central Bend June 5, 2002
River West West Bend, Along the Deschutes River April 17, 2002
Southeast Bend South Bend, East of Hwy 97 August 16, 2006
Southern Crossing
Currently Inactive
Central Bend, Spanning the Deschutes River February 19, 2003
Southwest Bend South Bend, Between the Deschutes River & Hwy 97 December 5, 2001
Summit West
Currently Inactive
West Bend, Along Shevlin Park Rd June 20, 2007

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

WORKING WITH THE CITY OF BEND

The City of Bend and neighborhood associations are partners. City leaders are eager to learn about the issues facing neighborhoods throughout Bend and neighborhood associations can achieve successes for their residents by working closely with City officials.

The City shows its commitment to neighborhood associations by formally recognizing them in the City’s Development Code and offering annual funding for association activities.

Each year, the City requires that neighborhood associations wishing to continue with formal recognition submit an annual report describing their activities and accounting for the use of reimbursement funds.

The best way to maintain good City-association relationships is to get in touch early and often with City staff and City Councilors and work together on solutions and approaches to issues facing your neighborhood.

GENERAL MEETINGS

In Bend, our Development Code (Section 1.70) sets forth that each neighborhood association must hold an annual open general meeting for all members of the association. The Bend Development Code states that the City may terminate its recognition of any neighborhood association that hasn’t held a general membership meeting in the past 18 months.

At a general meeting the following topics are often addressed:

  • Updates or presentations on major issues facing the neighborhood
  • Announcements about neighborhood association committees, events or projects
  • Election of officers and other key positions
  • Other important votes for the neighborhood association

In addition to the required general meetings, many associations hold a monthly board meeting of the association leadership plus any guests that may be helpful to that team. Monthly meetings are not required by Bend Development Code, but they are essential to operating the association effectively.

THE ASSOCIATION’S ROLE IN LAND USE DECISIONS

The City’s Development Code (Section 4.1.215) states that neighborhood association members must be included in decisions being made about proposed land use changes within the borders of an association.

Applicants for zoning changes, conditional use permits, subdivision of lands and other activities are required to make a presentation at a publicly noticed meeting with the affected neighborhood. According to the Development Code, presentations must include a map of the affected area, a visual description of a proposed project, notification of any expected impacts of the project and efforts to mitigate those impacts.

These presentations are designed to help neighborhood association members and property owners gain the information they need to advocate for appropriate development of their neighborhoods. This knowledge can then allow neighborhood association leaders to organize members to respond to land use proposals and follow up through future meetings or public hearings.