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Bend’s central westside is rapidly changing with new residential development, schools, and parks, and an expanded Oregon State University - Cascades campus on the horizon. To prepare for these investments, the City of Bend is developing a transportation and land use strategy for this area. Over the next year, the city will work closely with community members to develop a shared vision for the future of Bend’s central westside neighborhoods, and explore different ways that land use and transportation decisions could shape these neighborhoods. Open a Study Area map.
In the end, the project will identify a preferred land use plan and set transportation investments that support creating vibrant and sustainable communities. It is important that transportation investments identified have a reasonable probability of being funded. Staff expects to create development overlay zones and a land use regulation to implement the scenario is an expected outcome. It is important that the plan results in a level of certainty for the community about land use and transportation planning for the area, as well as providing local agencies and private developers a clear and unambiguous path towards development It also is essential that the planning process be coordinated with current planning for the City’s urban growth boundary. Both planning teams are working together closely to ensure a high level of coordination.
The Bend City Council appointed a 23-person Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to help shape the plan. The CAC is charged with providing recommendations to City staff and the consultant team as they develop transportation and land use strategies to enhance west Bend neighborhoods, acting as a liaison between the project leaders and community members and providing advice on public outreach. The CAC will also develop final recommendations about the preferred transportation and land use scenario..
The CAC will meet approximately eight times over a 12 to 18 month period. In addition to CAC meetings, CAC members will be asked to participate in several public meetings and to be an ambassador for the project by providing information to any interest groups that they represent. All CAC meetings are open to the public and will generally include time for comments from guests.
A Primary Stakeholder Group (PSG) will also meet on an as needed basis to coordinate with ongoing projects on the central westside of Bend.