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Urban Renewal Advisory Board

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To determine feasibility for a new Urban Renewal Area.

The Urban Renewal  Advisory Board (URAB) will meet monthly over the next two years while a new Urban Renewal Feasibility Assessment is completed.  The Advisory Board will provide recommendations to the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) relating to the potential use of urban renewal for the central area of Bend to accomplish the goals and policies outlined in the Bend Comprehensive Plan.

The Committee was formed by the Bend Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) on June 20, 2018.  It was established to provide vital feedback and input on the development of an Urban Renewal Feasibility Study for the central area of Bend. Core Area Project study area


  • Dale VanValkenburg - Developer; Chair 
  • Whitney Swander - Social Service organization; Vice-Chair
  • Robin Vora - UGB Steering committee
  • Bart Bowen - Multi-modal transportation
  • Elise Jones - Business owner
  • Tim Page - Resident
  • Dennis Pahlisch - Builder
  • Adam Bledsoe - financing professional
  • Andrea Breault - Transit
  • Craig Davis - At-large community member
  • Jim Landin - At-large community member
  • Sonja Porter - At-large community member
  • Steve Porter - At-large community member

Ex-Officio appointees from any of the following Taxing Districts

  • Bend Parks and Recreation District
  • Library District
  • Bend La-Pine School District
  • Bend Rural Fire District
  • Central Oregon Community College



To submit a public comment regarding the Core Area Project, email

Comments sent to this email are considered public record and will be shared with the Urban Renewal Advisory Board and posted as part of the meeting materials. 

If you have questions or comments for staff, please contact Matt Stuart, Urban Renewal Project Manager and staff liaison to the Board.


The final meeting was held on April 14th via an online meeting platform (in response to COVID-19). 

Final Meeting Presentation and Audio Recording


04/14/2020  Meeting #8 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Adoption Schedule Memo, TIF Report & Plan Cover Memo, Core Area Report Cover Memo & Executive Summary); Draft Core Area TIF Report; Draft Core Area TIF Plan; Draft Core Area Report; Draft Core Area Report Technical Appendix, Summary of Potential Report Modifications Memo; Presentation

Public Comments - Mtg 8


COLW Attachments


01/21/2020 Meeting #7 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Draft Urban Renewal Plan & Report Components, Summary of Changes to Core Area Report Chapter 6: Implementation Plan, Draft Core Area Report Chapter 7: Action Plan); Revised Implementation Plan; Presentation Public Comments - Mtg 7
12/11/2019 Meeting #6 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Summary of Draft Finance Plan, Draft Implementation Plan Cover Memo, Components of UR Plan & Report Memo); Presentation  Public Comments - Mtg 6
10/01/2019  Meeting #5 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Legislation Update, Forecasting Revenue, Plan & Project Category Best Practices, Preliminary Plan Project Categories & Project Outline, Transportation Funding Strategy, Development Code Update); Presentation Public Comments - Mtg 5
09/18/2019  Urban Renewal & Affordable Housing Brownbag Agenda; Presentation  
08/13/2019  Meeting #4 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Community Engagement Summary, Draft Urban Renewal Boundary, Forecasting Urban Renewal, Early Implementation Action); Presentation Public Comments- Mtg 4

Meeting #3 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Guiding Principles, Draft Urban Design Framework, Project Types, Boundary Analysis)

Project Type Examples

Potential Core Area Infrastructure Projects (Transportation, Utilities & Related Infrastructure) + Storymap


Public Comments- Mtg 3

Meeting #2 Packet (Agenda, Minutes, Draft Guiding Principles, Urban Renewal Fact Sheet, Urban Design Analysis, Development Feasibility)

Existing Conditions and Applicable Plans

  - Appendix A, Bend Central District Code

  - Appendix B, 2004 Central Area Plan

  - Appendix C, 2014 MMA Plan

  - Appendix D, Demographic Maps

  - Appendix E, Bridge Feasibility Study

Public Involvement Plan


Public Comments - Mtg 2 
02/12/2019 Meeting #1 Packet; Background Information; Presentation

Public Comments

- Mtg 1

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