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PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION – Thursday, July 22nd @ 5:30 pm

July 20, 2021
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Come and learn about House Bill (HB) 2001! This week the City of Bend will host a Community Information Session on code amendments that will bring changes to Bend neighborhoods. House Bill (HB) 2001 was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2019 and requires communities across the state to allow for the development of “middle…

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Editorial: What message should neighborhood associations send to the city?

July 12, 2021

Bulletin Editorial Board | Jul 9, 2021 The best eye-level view of how growth is hitting Bend can be in the debates of the city’s Neighborhood Leadership Alliance, the NLA. It’s where the leadership from Bend’s neighborhood associations get together to formulate input for the Bend City Council. Right now, there’s debate at the NLA…

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Community Building Subcommittee discussion about parking requirements

July 12, 2021

The Community Building Subcommittee met on June 11 and on the agenda was a discussion about parking requirements.  This subcommittee is comprised of three City Councilors, representatives from a number of citizen advisory committees and a wide range of city staff. The purpose of the discussion was to explore how to expand parking requirement reductions. …

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The Complete Parking Toolbox

June 10, 2021

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…

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Call for More Public Engagement on Middle Housing Code Amendments

May 27, 2021
The Sad State of HB 2001 Middle Housing Code Amendments in Bend

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.…

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Bend residents oppose eliminating minimum off-street parking requirements

April 16, 2021
Bend residents oppose elimination of off-street parking requirements

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…

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Cities that have eliminated parking minimums focus on downtowns and transit corridors

April 4, 2021

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…

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City Council to Discuss Eliminating Off-street Parking Requirements

March 11, 2021

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…

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