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Southeast Area Plan

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Photo of Cascade Mountains and sagebrush taken from Southeast area of Bend.

The goal of this plan is to encourage the development of a complete community (a place where people can live, work, shop and play) in the southeast area of Bend.

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Through this process, the City will work with property owners, area residents, and other stakeholders to determine:

  • Land use planning designations and final zoning
  • The location of necessary infrastructure (sewer, water, and transportation)
  • The type and general location of parks, schools, open space, and other public amenities
  • Funding strategies and implementation measures to ensure successful development of a complete community within the area

General Overview

The Southeast Area was identified in the 2016 Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Expansion as the “Elbow Expansion Area”. This area contains approximately 479 acres outside of City limits and within the UGB. It consists of 446 developable acres divided into 31 parcels that are owned by 27 property owners.

Where is the Southeast Expansion Area?

Map of Southeast "Elbow" Project Area with Comprhensive Plan designations. On left side of image is a location map that shows that the southeast elbow expansion area is located in the southeast of Bend's urban growth boundary.

The Southeast “Elbow” area is located at the southeast edge of the current Bend City limits. It is bordered by Knott Road to the south, SE 27th Street to the east, and the current City limits to the north and west. It includes High Desert Park and High Desert Middle School. Use the link below to explore an interactive map of the project area or you may view a larger version of the Southeast Area Plan Location Map which is located in the Documents section of this page.

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 What is an Area Plan?

An Area Plan is a plan adopted by the City Council for a specific geographic area, including, but not limited to, certain designated UGB expansion areas and opportunity areas as defined in the Bend Comprehensive Plan. An Area Plan implements the applicable goals and policies of the Bend Comprehensive Plan, coordinates development, and provides flexibility to tailor land use regulations, and transportation and infrastructure plans to serve the land uses within the plan area.

Why do we need to do an Area Plan?

The City of Bend is required by state law to establish and maintain an UGB that can accommodate the City’s forecasted population for the next 20 years. The UGB contains the City’s urban land supply – those lands intended for new homes, parks, schools, employment centers, and other needs of a growing city.

In 2016, the City of Bend expanded the Urban Growth Boundary to accommodate the population forecast of 115,063 residents by 2028. Through this process, the City identified 10 “Expansion Areas” totaling 2,380 acres to include inside the UGB. The Southeast Area was one of those identified expansion areas.

Now that the Southeast Area is inside the UGB, the final planning for land use and infrastructure can be completed. This area provides the capacity for the development of 820 housing units and 2,274 jobs, all of which will be necessary to serve forecasted growth.

When will the Southeast Area Plan start and when will it be completed?

Work on the plan will begin in September 2018 and is expected to be completed in December 2019.


Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Who is involved?

  • What type of development can be expected in the Southeast Area?

  • When and where will development start in the Southeast?

  • Is the City going to bring this area into the City limits at this time?

  • How is traffic being planned for in the Southeast Area?

  • How will infrastructure be paid for in the Southeast Area?

  • Does the City really need more residential land?

  • What kind of housing development will there be in the Southeast?

  • What additional land uses will there be, other than residential in the Southeast?



The City Council is reviewing applications to fill positions on the Southeast Expansion Area Plan Advisory Committee (SEAPAC). The SEAPAC will provide a forum for community input on the development of the Southeast Expansion Area Plan, provide feedback to the project team on project progress and the products developed for City Council adoption, and make recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council.

The Committee will meet up to seven (7) times over the next 18 months. The City recruited individuals who represent the following interests to serve on the committee:

  •  Owners of property within the Southeast Expansion Area a.k.a “the Elbow”
  • The Old Farm District Neighborhood Association
  • The Southeast Bend Neighborhood Association
  • An owner of property outside the UGB, but adjacent to the Southeast Expansion Area
  • The Boundary and Growth Scenarios Technical Advisory Committee, who advised the City on the 2016 UGB work
  • An economic development perspective, given the amount of land designated for employment in the Southeast Expansion Area

Council will appoint committee members at their regularly scheduled meeting on December 5, 2018.

Visit the Bend Citizen Committees  page for more information.


 01/17/2019 SEAPAC Meeting #2 Coming Soon 5:15pm - 7:45pm Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend


SEAPAC Meeting #1


Coming Soon

5:15pm - 7:45pm 

Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend
 12/05/2018 City Council - Appointment of Southeast Area Plan Advisory Committee members Coming Soon 7:00pm City Hall- Council Chambers 
 09/18/2018 City Council - Resolution to appoint temporary Southeast Area Plan Advisory Committee Agenda


 7:00pm City Hall- Council Chambers
09/05/2018 City Council - Approve Contract Amendment


Contract Amendment

 7:00pm City Hall- Council Chambers


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