Urban Renewal Advisory Board

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To develop a Feasibility Study 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 Study 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
  • Michelle Rhoads - 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.  Comments received 24 hours prior to a meeting date will be shared at the upcoming meeting.  If received less than 24 hours before a meeting, they will be presented at the following meeting.

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


Check below or the City Calendar for details.

Upcoming Meetings:  

  • What:  Urban Renewal Advisory Board Meeting #5
  • Date:  Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
  • Time:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Where:  Council on Aging of Central Oregon   
    • 1036 NE 5th (corner of NE Kearney Ave)
    • Street entrance off 5th or
    • rear parking lot off Kearney


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

Resource Documents: