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Core Area Project

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Creating a common vision and implementation plan for Bend's core areas by combining tools, incentives, and programs such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

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This project created a common vision and implementation plan for the Core Area of the City. This includes four of the opportunity areas included in the 2016 Urban Growth Boundary expansion (Bend Central District, East Downtown, Inner Highway 20 / Greenwood, and KorPine). Through this project, the City worked with property owners, area residents, and other stakeholders to:

  • Develop an urban design framework for the area.
  • Identify needed circulation improvements to enhance connectivity within and between areas as well as to the city at large.
  • Identify programs and projects for the area, including streetscape improvements, public spaces, gateways, affordable housing, or art and beautification programs.
  • Determine location, phasing, and costs for necessary infrastructure (sewer, water, storm water and transportation) to support potential development and redevelopment of the area.
  • Develop funding strategies, incentives, and other implementation tools, such as urban renewal, to achieve the vision for the area.
  • Identify barriers to development and any needed code amendments or zoning changes.
  • Determine the boundary of a potential urban renewal area that would encourage investment within the area through tax increment financing (TIF).
  • If recommended by the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA), adopt an Urban Renewal/TIF Plan and Area.

Where is the Core Area of Bend?

Three maps that show progression of Core Area planning process from an initial study area to an evaluation to add or remove areas and a final recommended boundary that is 30 acres smaller than the original study area.

The City looked at an original study area to conduct an Urban Renewal feasibility analysis and led a community process to identify a recommended boundary for a potential Urban Renewal/TIF District. To find out more about the TIF Plan & Report recommendations and proposed adoption schedule, visit the Core Area TIF webpage.

Urban Renewal Advisory Board (URAB)

URAB was appointed as a citizen advisory committee to provide recommendations to the Bend Urban Renewal Agency on the development of an Urban Renewal Feasibility Study for the area to accomplish the goals and policies outlined in the Bend Comprehensive Plan.

This project is coordinated with the Bend Transportation System Plan (TSP).


Get Involved in the Core Area Project!

Help shape the heart of Bend by attending one of our upcoming events.

The City will be hosting 6 pop-up events throughout the month of May to inform the community about the project and advertise our June 15 community workshop!
Post Date:04/25/2019 9:48 AM

City staff will be at six different locations throughout the month of May to inform the community about the Core Area Project and encourage more people to attend our June 15 Community Workshop. Pop-in to any of the events while enjoying some of your favorite local hangouts. This is where we'll be over the next two months:

  • Saturday, May 4: Box Factory 4-6 p.m.— 550 SW Industrial Way
  • Monday, May 6: Grocery Outlet 4-6 p.m— 694-B SE 3rd Street
  • Thursday, May 9: Boneyard Brew Pub 4-6 p.m. — 1955 NE Division Street
  • Thursday, May 16: Backporch Coffee Greenwood 8-10 a.m— 706 NE Greenwood Avenue #140
  • Monday, May 20: Webskis/Webcyclery (Old Stone Church) 4-6 p.m — 157 NW Franklin Avenue
  • Thursday, May 23: Humm Kombucha 4-6 p.m— 1125 NE 2nd Street (there will also be live music at this event!)

Don't forget to save the date for our Community Workshop on June 15 10am-Noon at Bend High School Commons!

Watch the Core Area Project video or download our Core Area Outreach Flier to learn more!

These event locations are accessible. Sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, materials in alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats and CD Formats, or any other accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Allison Platt no later than May 2 at or 541-322-6394. Relay Users Dial 7-1-1 and 541-385-6676. Providing, at least, 3 days’ notice prior to the event will help ensure availability.

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