OFDNA Board Meeting

Via Zoom

Monday, April 11th, 2022
6:30 - 7:30 pm

The meeting will also be streamed to our YouTube channel 
where you can watch later if you were unable to participate via Zoom

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Meeting Agenda

  • Annual meeting / Alpenglow Park grand opening
  • Councilor Melanie Kebler quick update
  • Governor's Meeting with Neighborhood Association Round Table
  • Steven's Tract Discussion
  • Proposal for new affordable housing
  • First Bend Beautification Cleanup Day in Old Farm District

Final Open House for
Steven’s Tract

City of Bend Hosts Public Comment Period and Third Online Open House Featuring Stevens Road Tract Concept Plan

The City has launched a final online public open house on the Stevens Road Tract Concept Plan website where people can learn more about the plan and provide comments on development options. The virtual open house and public comment period is available now through midnight on Sunday, April 17, 2022, at

The City of Bend’s Growth Management Division is completing planning for the development of 261 acres of land on Bend’s east side. This project is in response to House Bill 3318 recently passed by the Oregon Legislature.  

Addressing housing affordability and creating more housing in Bend is a City Council priority. The Stevens Road Tract project offers a unique approach to adding land to the Urban Growth Boundary for affordable and market-rate housing. 

Please use this link to participate in the final virtual open house and survey for this project.  The open house and survey will be available until 12am PDT on Sunday, April 17th, 2022.

Available in English and disponible en Español.

NART Update


Oregon has been setting goals to reduce carbon emissions since 2007 when the legislature passed a bill to address climate change and global warming. You might say the state was ahead of the curve. But actually achieving the reduction has been  challenging.
At the March 29 meeting Amira Streeter of the Governor’s office provided an over view of the work being done by 19 State agencies and departments in response to the Executive Order 2004 on carbon emission reduction. That order is intended to attain the goals more quickly.
Ms. Streeter, a Climate, Energy and Transportation Policy Advisor, was able to share what the major departments are proposing to reduce carbon emissions from activities within their areas of authority.  For example, Department of Environmental Quality created the Climate Protection Program that sets the goal of reducing emission by 50% by 2035 and 90% by 2050. This program targets methane emissions from landfills and phasing out diesel engines in trucks.

The Public Utility Commission is focusing on natural gas appliances and working with electric utilities to prevent fire from their transmission lines.
The meeting was recorded including the chat feature allowing the viewer to see the questions asked and hear the answers. Passcode: 0LzWoFp&
Ms. Streeter admitted she could not answer all the questions that evening, but offered to continue the conversation once she had time to research a topic. Among such questions was would there be analysis of the economic impact of some of the proposed rules. How would the cost of housing be affected by the requirements for building compact neighborhoods if that resulted in urban renewal and a removal of existing structures?
The disappointing fact is that no one person or staff is coordinating the proposals of all the agencies to assure there is not a conflict or disconnect. Although that would be a huge task, it does seem necessary.  To date, the Department of State Lands announced a sale of land that would result in a resort with manmade lakes, golf courses and large single family homes. Clearly such a plan is not in accord with the goal of preserving water and building walkable communities.
There is another Rulemaking meeting for the advisory commission April 11. Here is a plain language summary of the rules:
Follow up
Armed with this new information, we might submit questions to the departments directly and through Amira.  Please send your questions to the NART list so we can benefit from them.
  1. If diesel fueled trucks are banned from Oregon, how will that effect interstate traffic?
  2. What measures will be prescribed to mitigate any heat island effects from dense neighborhoods?  Will solar panels and roof top gardens be prescribed?
  3. Will the State retrofit state buildings to incorporate solar panels and water recycling?

Robert Anderson of the newly-formed Save Bend Green Space presented information on the Deschutes South Canyon area. The 150 acres parcel is currently owned by Central Oregon Irrigation District, but is under a contract to purchase by Pahlisch Homes for approximately $10 million. 
Three NAs Southwest, Southern Crossing and Southeast, seek to preserve the parcel as open space for its trails and forest. Robert said the land is also an Area of Special Interest and has flora and fauna unique to Bend. Many residents walk, hike, birdwatch and bike on this East-West corridor.  There are connections to trails that extend to other parts of the city. The new organization is seeking support from all 13 NAs to find a means of preserving the space. 

A comparable situation was faced by Telluride, CO a few years ago when a developer sought to build a resort in the adjacent valley.  Residents determined they could condemn the property using eminent domain. They won that right, but had to raise $50 million to compensate the developer.  Incredible as it seems, the town did raise the money and saved the valley.
Deby DeWeese has offered to lead a hike through the canyon for anyone wishing to learn more about what it affords our city. Contact her at
Southwest NA has a survey of Bend residents to assess more about the use and to raise awareness.

“Bend has the opportunity to protect a portion of the South Canyon, an area in southwest Bend between Brookswood Blvd and the Deschutes River, by creating a new park much like Shevlin Park. The land (~145 acres) is owned by the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) where they operate a piped canal and power station. This land is the largest undeveloped open space remaining in the City of Bend near the river.
Next meeting:  April 26, 6 p.m.
Joette Storm, APR, Fellow PRSA

Shelter Code Amendments - Quick Reference Guide

Please click THIS LINK to view a Quick Reference Guide to the shelter code amendments being considered by the City Council.

City Council to
Consider Proposed Shelter

Code Amendments

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, the Bend City Council will hold a work session on proposed code amendments that will increase the availability of shelter beds by providing updated standards for group, multi-room and outdoor shelters. This work session is an opportunity for Council and the community to review the proposed code and hear the recommendations from the Bend Planning Commission. Work sessions do not include a public comment opportunity.

The proposed “Shelter Code,” was first developed by the City manager-appointed Sounding Board to House Our Neighbors to define standards for where and how development of
different types of shelters and transitional options can take place in Bend. The proposed code includes recommendations for three types of permanent shelters, as well as two types of temporary shelters.

In February and March, the Bend Planning Commission reviewed the proposed Shelter Code and deliberated changes based on community input. The Commission’s recommendations will now move on to City Council for consideration.

To view the most recent draft of the proposed Shelter Code amendments and for information on accessing the work session, visit the Shelter Code Changes webpage. Review the Shelter Code Quick Reference for further background on these amendments, including what changes the Commission recommended and answers to frequently asked questions.

Following the work session, City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on May 4. The
public hearing will provide community members an opportunity to provide public comments on the proposed code. Visit the City Council Agenda webpage for information on how to attend the public hearing.

The proposed code amendments are one part of a comprehensive set of strategies identified by the City and community partners that include finding ways to keep people in their homes, providing temporary transitional housing, and increasing the availability of affordable housing in Bend, including shelter beds.

City Council’s 2021-2023 biennium goals include a Housing goal to “Create housing or
facilities to house 500 homeless individuals on a temporary or permanent basis.”

City of Bend Accepting Applications for Human Rights and Equity Commission

The City of Bend is seeking new volunteer commissioners starting immediately to serve on the City of Bend Human Rights and Equity Commission.

The Human Rights and Equity Commission (HREC) acts as a group of advisors to City Council. The Commission is charged with ensuring historically marginalized and underrepresented communities in Bend have access to City programs and services, representation in City decision-making, and a venue to raise concerns and complaints about discrimination. The Commission does this by elevating recommendations for City Council’s consideration through the Equity Department.

To apply please complete the Advisory Committee application by choosing one of the three following options:

Applications for this method can be found at the front desk of City Hall, 710 NW Wall St, Bend, OR 97701.

  • Emailing Anna Allen at to schedule a time to provide your verbal responses to application questions.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022.

For information on the Human Rights and Equity Commission, visit




25 DE MARZO DE, 2022

De: Joshua Romero, Asistente del director de Comunicaciones, 541- 693-2185

Contacto: Anna Allen, directora de Equidad e Inclusión, 541-323-8563

La Ciudad de Bend está aceptando solicitudes para la Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Equidad 

La Ciudad de Bend está buscando nuevos comisionados voluntarios que comiencen de inmediato a servir en la Comisión de Equidad y Derechos Humanos.

La Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Equidad actúa como un grupo de asesores del Ayuntamiento. La Comisión se encarga de garantizar que las comunidades históricamente marginadas y subrepresentadas de Bend tengan acceso a los programas y servicios de la ciudad, estén representadas en la toma de decisiones de la ciudad y dispongan de un lugar para plantear sus preocupaciones y quejas sobre la discriminación. Para ello, la Comisión eleva recomendaciones a la consideración del Ayuntamiento a través del Departamento de Equidad.

Para solicitarlo, rellene la solicitud del Comité Consultivo eligiendo una de las tres opciones siguientes:

  • Presentándola en línea: Solicitud del Comité Asesor
  • Enviando su solicitud por correo a 710 NW Wall St. Bend, OR 97701, Attn: Anna Allen

Las solicitudes para este método se pueden encontrar en la recepción del Ayuntamiento, 710 NW Wall St., Bend, OR 97701.

  • Enviando un correo electrónico a Anna Allen a la dirección para programar una hora en la que pueda dar sus respuestas verbales a las preguntas de la solicitud.

Las solicitudes se aceptarán hasta las 4 p.m. del viernes 22 de abril de 2022.

Para más información sobre la Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Equidad visite el sitio web de la ciudad:

Weekly Road and Traffic Report Begins for 2022

The City of Bend will be releasing a weekly road and traffic report each Friday during peak construction season to help members of our community plan the safest and most reliable routes to their destinations. The weekly report is intended to provide information about various projects within City limits that impact public roadways.
After this announcement about the launch of the report, the City will distribute the report via a subscriber-only email notification system. To receive the weekly report for the rest of the season, individuals must subscribe to “Weekly Road and Traffic Reports,” found under “News” at
Travelers can also check our interactive, online map at It will be regularly updated to show the current and upcoming projects that may create lane or road closures.
It will be another busy season, with road maintenance and construction, private development projects, and other possible events that could require lane or road closures.

Here is your Weekly Road and Traffic Report for the Week of March 25-31
For the Week of March 28 - April 3:
  • Brosterhous Road between Murphy Road and Knott Road for infrastructure installation, northbound lane closure with detour. Estimated through late spring 2022. This is part of the Brosterhous Accessibility Improvements Project.
  • NW Davenport Avenue between NW 13th Street and NW 14th Street for a water service replacement, full road closure 3/28.
  • NE 3rd Street between Olney Avenue and NE Butler Market Road for roadway improvements, single lane closure of slow lanes. Completion expected summer 2023.
  • NE Norton Avenue between NE 3rd Street and NE 4th Street for street improvements, full street closure.
  • Capella Place between SE 27th Street and SE Vega Street for infrastructure installation, Eastbound Lane closure.
  • NW Shevlin Ranch Road between NW Bordeaux Lane and NW Shevlin Meadow Drive for infrastructure installation, full road closure. Completion scheduled for end of May.
  • Brinson Boulevard between NE 18th Street and Layton Avenue for infrastructure installation, eastbound lane closure. Completion scheduled for end of April.
NW Silver Buckle Road – As part of the Rimrock Pump Stations Improvement project, full road closure during work hours.

Wilson Corridor Improvements Project – Street improvements on Wilson from 2nd street to 15th street. For more information visit the
Wilson Project website. This is a multiphase project with various intersection and road closures along its entirety.
  • Intersection of SE Wilson Avenue and SE 9th Street for roundabout construction, full intersection closure with detour through May 2022 (weather dependent).

Newport Corridor Improvements Project – Various intersections along Newport Avenue to be closed due to updates in the water main and stormwater facilities. Road closures related to the project listed below. For more information, visit the Newport project website. Various closures through the end of Winter 2022.
  • Newport Avenue - east of the NW College Way roundabout to NW Juniper Street, Eastbound closure with local westbound access. Businesses within the closure are still open and accessible.
Work schedules are dependent on weather conditions and other factors. Always exercise increased caution within construction zones. Drivers should use designated detour routes. Nearby residential streets are for local traffic only.

Contact: Deedee Fraley, Right of Way & Construction Manager
For Street Preservation related questions: Paul Neiswonger, Streets Supervisor
Closures and detours in Bend are updated weekly at:
Find more information about street operations at:

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