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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.  It is bordered by 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.  You may also view a larger version of the Southeast Area Plan Location Map located in the Documents section below.

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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.  This includes 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 and coordinates development.  It also provides flexibility to tailor land use regulations.  Additionally, it provides 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.  The UGB must accommodate the City’s forecasted population for the next 20 years.  The UGB also contains the City’s urban land supply.  Urban lands are 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 development of 820 housing units and 2,274 jobs, all 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.


This project is being coordinated with the Bend Transportation System Plan (TSP).



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 Southeast Area Plan Advisory Committee (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.


  • Ken Atwell
  • Casey Bergh
  • Sarah Bodo
  • Butch Hansen
  • William Hubbert
  • Anthony Oddo
  • Jeff Reed
  • Jacob Schumacher
  • Sharon Smith
  • Rachel Strickland
  • Dixon Ward
  • Rick Williams
  • Steven Wilson
  • Rachel Zakem

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

Visit the Bend Citizen Committees  page for more information.


The next SEAPAC meeting will be held Thursday, July 30 at 5:30pm.

Due to COVID-19 this meeting will be held via a virtual meeting platform (WebEx) to ensure physical distancing and safety for our community.  Details of how to access the meeting are provided in the below table.

Note:  Only written comments are being accepted at this time. Comments may be submitted by email to Damian Syrnyk at by 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.  All comments received by that deadline will be provided to SEAPAC and summarized at the meeting. Comments received after that time will be provided to the committee at the following meeting. 

Hints for joining a WebEx meeting:

For technical assistance, please contact Juan Olmeda at prior to the start of the meeting.

7/30/2020 SEAPAC Meeting #9 Coming soon 5:30pm  Remote
6/4/2020  SEAPAC Meeting #8

Meeting Materials; PresentationPublic Comments


The public can join the meeting via WebEx:  WebEx Virtual Meeting Access or by telephone by calling: 1-855-282-6330 and entering the following Access Code at the prompt:  963 841 302.


5:30pm - 8:00pm Remote
12/3/2019  SEAPAC Meeting #7  Meeting Materials; PresentationAtwell Materials  5:15pm - 8:15pm  Bend-La Pine School District Education Center, 520 NW Wall Street, Room 314, Bend 
09/26/2019  SEAPAC Meeting #6  Meeting Materials; PresentationBikeway Design Guide 2019 - Draft; Atwell Materials - Retail Market Analysis; Atwell Materials - High Desert Park Circle 5:15pm - 7:45pm  Bend-La Pine School District Education Center, 520 NW Wall Street, Room 314, Bend  
07/11/2019  Southeast Area Plan Open House  Planning and Zoning 101Open House Project Boards 1Open House Project Boards 2Open House Project Boards 3Open House Project Boards 4Open House Project Boards 5Open House Project Boards 6Open House Project Boards 7; Cahoon Public Comment 6:30 pm - 8:30pm  Bend Municipal Court, 555 NE 15th Street, Bend
06/06/2019  SEAPAC  Meeting #5  Meeting Materials; Atwell Materials; Powell Public Comment; Presentation  5:15pm - 7:45pm  Bend-La Pine School District Education Center, 520 NW Wall Street, Room 314, Bend 
 05/02/2019 SEAPAC Meeting #4  Meeting Materials; Presentation 5:15pm - 7:45pm  Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend
 03/21/2019 Southeast Area Plan Workshop #1

Workshop SummaryWorkshop Project Boards, 1 of 5Workshop Project Boards, 2 of 5; Workshop Project Boards; 3 of 5; Workshop Project Boards, 4 of 5; Workshop Project Boards, 5 of 5Workshop Comment Boards

6:00pm - 8:00pm  Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend
 02/21/2019 SEAPAC Meeting #3

Meeting MaterialsPresentation; Stormwater Public Advisory Group Recommendations

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

Meeting MaterialsPresentationSoutheast Area Plan Designations and Transportation Network MapSoutheast Area Plan Existing Conditions Report; Southeast Area Plan Market Analysis

5:15pm - 7:45pm Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend


SEAPAC Meeting #1


Meeting Materials; Presentation: Project OverviewPresentation:  What's An Area Plan?City of Bend Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 11Project Location Map; Project Location Aerial Map

5:15pm - 7:45pm 

Nativity Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Road, Bend
 12/05/2018 City Council - Appointment of Southeast Area Plan Advisory Committee members Committee Roster 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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