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Group shot of 2017 Bend Oregon City Council in Council Chambers

Bend City Councilors are elected by the citizens of Bend and serve a four year term. The Councilors elect a Mayor and Mayor Pro tem amongst themselves. The Mayor leads the City Council meetings and serves as an ambassador for the City.


The Council meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month with a worksession at 5 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. With the exception of executive session meetings, Council meetings are open to the public. Meetings are broadcast live on the City's website and on cable on COTV Channel 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

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1. Implement a growth plan that is consistent with community goals for the economy, environment and affordability


  • Complete foundational policy and planning work necessary to implement the approved plan
  • Prioritize planning and infrastructure investments in the “expansion” and “opportunity” areas
  • Develop a communication system to connect The City with OSU-Cascades and Neighborhoods
  • Develop fair and cost effective options to help residents required to convert from septic to sewer
  • Employ energy efficiency and fossil fuel reduction policies to guide City operations and growth plans

2. Move people and products around Bend efficiently, safely and reliably


  • Improve road conditions and update winter operations policies
  • Develop a short term capital improvement strategy, including use of Transportation Fund reserves
  • Involve residents and key stakeholders in developing policies that relieve congestion, improve ease of travel and safety, and identify funding options for desired levels of service
  • Expand transit service and work towards sustainable funding

3. Increase affordable housing options


  • Quantify housing needs through a data-driven approach
  • Prioritize land-use and infrastructure planning that maximizes identified supply needs
  • Increase the inventory of affordable housing through incentives, removing regulatory barriers, and increasing land supply and funding options
  • Connect community partners that provide housing and services for people who are chronically homeless

4. Keep residents safe with innovative and cost-effective public safety services


  • Continue to develop innovative service models that improve response times at a lower cost
  • Implement the Community Engagement Program in the Police Department
  • Build an additional Fire/EMS Station in the central core of the City to improve response times
  • Obtain approval for the Fire/EMS Operating Levy renewal

5. Modernize and professionalize how City government operates


  • Propose a City Charter amendment to voters
  • Update Council Rules to improve meeting efficiency and councilor expectations
  • Increase capacity of the Neighborhood Association system
  • Replace the City’s operating software as a key driver for business process improvement in land use, permitting, billing and central services
  • Create systems to assist staff and Council in prioritizing and monitoring resources
  • Elevate consistency and quality of project management skills across the organization
  • Promote and improve the City’s employee performance management systems
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