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Aerial view of 3rd Street and Bend Central District from railroad and colorado interchange looking northeast

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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GENERAL OVERVIEW

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).


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Core Area Open House

The City will host an open house to continue the community conversation about the vision and future of the Core Area of Bend.

The open house will take place on Thursday, February 20th. Find out more information below.
Post Date:02/07/2020 12:00 PM

The City will host a public Open House so that community members can learn more about the vision and future of the Core Area of Bend including key recommendations coming out of a year long effort to develop a common vision for the area and future action steps, including the preliminary recommendation to form a new Urban Renewal District in the Core Area of Bend. Save the date to attend. If you are not able to make it in person, there will be an online version of the Open House available following the in-person Open House.

  • What: Core Area Open House
  • When: Thursday, February 20th 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: Trinity Episcopal Church (Brooks Hall) 

Drop in anytime between 5-7 p.m. to learn about the project, ask staff any questions you may have and continue the community conversation about the vision and future of the Core Area of Bend. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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