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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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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).


PROJECT UPDATES

Council approves the Core Area Project Report and Next Steps for TIF

Both City Council and the Bend Urban Renewal Agency approved resolutions supporting next steps for the Core Area.
Post Date:05/22/2020 11:18 AM

On Wednesday May 20, 2020, the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) unanimously approved a resolution to forward the Core Area Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Plan & Accompanying Report for formal public review. You can read the Issue Summary and a copy of the Resolution presented to BURA on the Agenda here (Item #5). Next steps for the TIF Plan includes a 45-day review and comment period for the affected taxing districts, a briefing with the County Commissioners, and a meeting with the Planning Commission to determine compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.  City Council will then review those comments and recommendations at a public hearing on August 5, 2020, prior to their consideration of an ordinance to adopt the TIF Plan. You can follow the TIF Plan adoption process by visiting the City’s Core Area TIF webpage.

In addition, the City Council adopted the Core Area Project Report. Read the Issue Summary and Resolution. The final report is available on the City’s Core Area Project webpage.

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