Let the City of Bend know you want the community to be heard before adopting code changes that are coming soon.
Learn more about Oregon House Bill 2001 (HB 2001), what it is, what it isn't, and how the City of Bend is excluding the public from a transparent discussion about the impacts of pending changes to the Bend Development Code. Help ensure that middle housing succeeds in Bend because the community supports it.
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Proposed Middle Housing Code Amendments Available for Review
City staff have drafted amendments to the Bend Development Code (BDC) to implement House Bill 2001, which requires that cities allow middle housing types where single-family homes are permitted.
To review the draft amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC on the City's web site, click the button below. The proposed changes address minimum off-street parking requirements, as well as siting standards for setbacks, lot coverage, floor area ratio, and building height, and design standards for garage doors, front door orientation, and windows.
A final draft will go to a Planning Commission work session on June 14th. Hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council are expected to be held in July and August.
Let the City Council know your opinion: Does parking matter to you?
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Cities across the country that have engaged in professionally-run parking reform draw on a variety of methods to reduce the over-supply of parking spaces, use land more efficiently, and accommodate the needs of residents and business customers. Experts agree that no one method is always right in every area of a city. Serious parking reform is data-driven and uses several of the strategies described below. Summarized and adapted from: “Parking…READ FULL ARTICLE
The City of Bend should engage the public before holding hearings on proposed amendments to bring the Bend Development Code into compliance with House Bill 2001. The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2001 (HB 2001) in August 2019 to provide Oregonians with more housing choices by increasing density in cities with more than 10,000 residents. To achieve that goal, this first-in-the-US legislation requires the City of Bend to amend its…READ FULL ARTICLE
The recent community survey on the web site DoesParkingMatter.com about off-street parking requirements was completed by 1,195 people. The large number of responses indicates a substantial degree of public interest in the issue, compared to other online surveys regarding city policies conducted over the last decade. The survey was sponsored by an ad hoc group of community volunteers who are active in monitoring the City’s land use policies. It was…READ FULL ARTICLE
While a number of cities have taken steps to improve the efficiency of land utilization by reducing or eliminating minimum parking requirements, only three have been found that have opted for total elimination citywide – all have extensive transit systems and a history of surplus parking. Most cities have used the elimination of parking minimums as one of several methods employed, based on documented local conditions. When cities have decided…READ FULL ARTICLE
The Council will hold a work session on April 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM to consider a request by a councilor to explore reducing to zero the minimum number of parking spaces required for new developments. A new state law (H.B. 2001) requires that every Oregon city amend its development code to permit the construction of “middle housing” — duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhomes, and cottage clusters — wherever detached single family…READ FULL ARTICLE