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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).


Last URAB Meeting Outcomes

The Urban Renewal Advisory Board (URAB) met online for the last time on Tuesday, April 14. At the meeting, they recommended a set of final products for BURA/Council consideration.
Post Date:04/22/2020 7:48 AM

At their last meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the Urban Renewal Advisory Board (URAB) reviewed the Draft Core Area Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Plan & Report as well as the Draft Core Area Project Report. A recording of the meeting is now available on the URAB webpage.

At the meeting, URAB recommended the Draft Core Area TIF Plan & Report be considered by the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) and future adoption by the City Council.

Similarly, the board recommended the Draft Core Area Project Report, with modifications outlined in a memo prepared by staff prior to the meeting, to be considered for approval by BURA and City Council. Read the Core Area Project Report Executive Summary.

On May 20, BURA will consider a resolution to authorize the Draft Core Area TIF Plan & Report for formal review/comment by the applicable taxing districts, the County Commission, and the Planning Commission. In addition, City Council will consider a resolution to approve and adopt the Core Area Project Report which includes a comprehensive set of recommendations to support the vision and guiding principles recommended for the area that were identified during the URAB and Core Area Project planning process.


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