At its May 2 meeting the Bend City council unanimously approved a new ordinance creating a Neighborhood Leadership Alliance as a formal city committee. The Alliance will be a means of communication between the Council and city government and the 13 Neighborhood Associations recognized by the city.
Neighborhood leaders have worked for months on the language of the charter and how it defines the role of the new committee.
Bend's City Council will discuss the creation of a Neighborhood Leadership Alliance committee at its Wednesday, May 2 meeting at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St. The new committee provide a regular and continuing channel of communications between the City Council and the Neighborhood Associations.
Blackmore Planning and Development Services will host a meeting April 23 at 4 p.m. at the East Fire Station on Hamby Rd. to present the site plan for a 30,000 sq. ft. building at 20949 Cooley in the Juniper Ridge Employment District.
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NEW STUDY SHOWS CAPACITY FOR HOUSING IN BCD
A new study done by GBD Architects shows potential for close to one thousand new housing units with conservative redevelopment in the Bend Central District. As the city faces a serious housing crisis, these new estimates show how catalyzing redevelopment through urban renewal projects in the BCD could add housing options for residents.
Bend Planning commission will conduct a public hearing at 5:30, Monday April 23 on the proposal to amend the Bend Development code and allow residents to add Accessory Dwelling Units, sometimes called "mother-in-law apartments" but not include sidewalks on the property.
A new Fred Meyer store in NE Bend probably won't be a reality until 2020, according to Peter Powell, Powell Development Co., the firm preparing a master plan for the grocery chain and other land owners. Much preparation of the land at Cooley Road and Rt 20 is necessary before Kroger, FM's parent company, will begin construction. That preparation includes construction of a roundabout at Cooley and Rt 20.
Powell said his plan had included a signal at the intersection, but the Oregon Dept. of Transportation requires a roundabout instead. The roundabout, which costs 5 times that of a signal, Powell told BANA members gathered at Monday's meeting, will be funded in part by the City of Bend, the State and his firm. This change in plans results in a 9 month delay.
A hearing for annexation of land for a new 600 student elementary school is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St.
With the $2.2 million in revenue from the 2014 levy, Bend's Fire Department made many changes to how it serves our community. Response times are dramatically reduced and lives saved. Fire vehicles are smaller and quicker. Big engines no longer have to respond to a cardiac arrest call.
Police cars are also equipped with defillibrilators increasing the vehicles that can respond to emergency calls.