Comments on Question #3

Question #3: Should the City of Bend eliminate the requirement that businesses provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces?

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Does this question include downtown and Northwest crossing businesses? Do they offer minimum parking now? Do public lots count? Personally, if they lots start to be fee based, I will start parking in near-by neighborhoods and walk. PS: While not specifically part of this question, I do not support parking spaces downtown being permanently converted into outdoor dining areas once COVID is no longer a concern for indoor dining. Parking is a huge problem as Bend population growth and tourism explodes - we should not be eliminating parking spaces. Neither residential off street nor business parking.

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No

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It’s a business! Provide customer parking!

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No

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I can’t imagine the effect it would have on the stores in Bend. People need to get there!

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No

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If people can’t park, they won’t shop at the businesses.

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No

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Spaces should be provided if they want clientele

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No

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If a business is large enough that its employees and customers further congest the public parking on streets, how is that helpful for a growing city like Bend which already has parking issues almost all year? It makes no sense to place a further burden on the city and residents, as well as frustrate visitors!!

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No

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Streets need to be open for car and bike travel and for pedestrians to cross safely. Cars lining streets make it difficult for cars and bikes to navigate and endanger pedestrians.

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No

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Again, this question is too broad and needs to take location into consideration (ie downtown vs a specific location in east Bend- location will be very different and scenario may be better at one location vs another

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No

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This survey is insane

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No

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Everyone drives and parking is needed. The idea that people will bike, walk or use public transportation is absurd. Bend is so spread out and we have no safe bike paths to get across town, so yes plan for parking.

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No

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All businesses depend on at least some of their customers arriving by vehicle.

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No

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There are already plenty of businesses in town that do not have adequate parking! Sick of the line up of cars on the streets blocking access to main roads, driveways & obscuring field of vision for merging.
If you are going to run a business in town, you should provide a place for your customers to park! Residential neighborhoods are being encroached on as it is!

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No

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Depends on location. Not all locations have available street parking

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No

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Same as above!

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No

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Businesses should have enough parking spaces for their patrons to park safely and walk into their business.

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No

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It's already hard enough to find parking for businesses. I don't see how this will help anyone. Bend is not a bike and commuter friendly town, especially year round (you are not biking and walking in the winter which is a significant amount of the year).

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No

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Not sure

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No

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The business should provide some off-street parking. The is a shortage of on street parking as it is.

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Yes

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I lived in a city with barely any parking and it was fine. Bend has tons of parking and housing options with off street parking.

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No

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All people should have easy access to all businesses so they thrive. Parking is very important when deciding which businesses one frequents. It is totally discriminatory toward older and disabled individuals.

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No

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Certain types of businesses (legal, medical, etc.) require parking be available adjacent or near to the offices/businesses.

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No

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This elimination should consider the type of business as well as the location of the property. Bend must be business friendly, but the customer should have a place to park to do business.

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No

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Businesses need to provide off street parking! It's a much safer alternative than just parking anywhere.

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Yes

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It depends on the location of the business. If it is in an urban area where street parking is plentiful, then no. If it is in a residential area which would require patrons to park in neighborhoods, some minimal parking should be required.

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No

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City streets are to be used by everyone not just businesses next to them. Businesses should be required to provide parking spaces for their employees and customers.

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No

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No way! Sometimes one must drive around to find a parking spot to park while visiting a business. IS THIS GREEN AND NOT WASTEFUL?

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No

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The City of Bend is being greedy. I would not shop at a store that does not allow parking.

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No

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Same as above.

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No

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As a small salon business owner, we should absolutely be required to have parking for our clients!

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No

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City of Bend is free so not thinly of the future

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No

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A thriving business community requires customers. Customers need a place to park. Duh.

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No

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Most people will continue to drive to businesses. If businesses do not have adequate parking, the streets will become crowded with parked cars and it will be less enticing to shop in areas of town where parking is a challenge. Businesses will be hurt and impacted. In addition, Bend is a tourist-driven economy. Tourists have cars, and so if there are areas of town that are not designed to accommodate enough cars, those areas will just become overrun with on-street parking, causing over-crowding and unsafe access.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Same as above.

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No

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Loss of business may be the driver for those establishments that fail to provide off street parking.

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Yes

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It’s unfair to the planet that all parking should be free. People should face the consequences/costs of their choices.

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No

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Absolutely not! We are an automobile dependent community. Until that and public transportation are addresses, these minimums should be kept in place.

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No

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Street parking is dangerous, and it’s unfair that my taxes pay for people/businesses to park in the street. I park in parking lots and my garage.

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No

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Granted, walking provides better exposure for businesses, BUT what about we elderly? Park 5 blocks away and get there on our walkers? Give me a break! Everyone who loves our area and lives here are not 30 somethings and physically able to walk, run, skate or bicycle everywhere. Even the young college students live far enough away that they need a vehicle. Most don't want to ride a bike from the skating rink parking lot in the middle of winter. Look at the streets surrounding COCC and OSU? If a business located anywhere near there doesn't have onsite parking and you arrive after 9am there is NOWHERE to park.

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No

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The City should be annexing area to the east and zoning it for commercial development. There's ample space east of Bend to accommodate any conceivable business/retail growth with ample parking. Private autos will a necessity of life in Central Oregon for the foreseeable future.

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No

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A very busy business could block close parking for a less volume business causing that business hardships.

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No

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It doesn't make sense to put that parking burden on surrounding neighborhoods and city streets.

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No

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No, for the same reasons listed above

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No

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Until you have a reliable public transport system with more routes and buses or trams etc.... we will need parking places. This town also is the hub for surrounding area and people driving into Bend from surrounding rural areas need parking.

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No

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No. I would prefer less vehicles parked on the road. I live on Belleville Dr. It's a daily danger to cross the street by Worthy due to high speeds and all the vehicles parked on both sides of the street. The high volume of street parking is directly from insufficient off-street parking for the surrounding apartments and businesses.

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Yes

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This needs to be addressed on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. An across-the-board elimination of parking is insane. You will end up with overcrowded street parking. If applied strategically, however, to areas that are undergoing change and have the infrastructure to support alternative transport there will be an incentive to businesses to do the development. This means the city will need to develop parking garages as well.

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No

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They are already out on the streets causing slow downs and dangerous situations going around them.

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Yes

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These questions were confusing. Maybe that was on purpose? And if we do not provide adequate parking for all types of residential and business, then we do not develop them in the first place! People are not giving up their vehicles just because you all want mass development!

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Yes

Comment on Question #3:

Follow the zoning. No breaks. If No Additional on site spaces are available, developer must prove adequate guest parking.

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No

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I think the parking issues on Galveston are a testament that the city doesn't require businesses to have enough parking in many instances. People who live near that street have been adversely impacted by the lack of parking at 10 Barrel to name just one specific business.

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No

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I don't think it should be eliminated, but maybe modified to only include certain types of business. Some businesses would naturally require more need for parking.

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No

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Until we solve the problem of inadequate public transportation, cars are going to be a problem. Perhaps the City of Bend should co-operate with local businesses to provide adequate parking.

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No

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For the same reason I gave in response to question #2

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No

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In my opinion, eliminating the required offsite parking requirement will negatively impact businesses. If there is no place to park, there is a chance I'll take my business elsewhere. This already happens when a business has limited parking.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Absolutely not. See comments to #2. In Portland, patrons of businesses without off-street parking spill over into neighborhoods, exacerbating parking problems there. And this notion hurts business; many people will not go to certain businesses if there is not convenient parking, whether people will admit this or not. I walk to work, I sometimes ride my bike as well. We chose be a 1 car family. These are personal choices not compelled by parking policy. But when we go shopping, to restaurants, etc. we drive of necessity and convenience. Making parking harder for business patrons does not make Bend better, it adds aggravation and annoyance.

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No

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Again, stop trying to change everything that makes Bend user friendly

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No

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Same comment as above.

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No

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same as above

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No

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Until Bend can provide a robust mass transit system then we will still be dependent on cars for our daily routines.

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No

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See previous comments.

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No

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See above, the elderly or folks that can't walk far but do have cars to get around. I have a friend with one leg for example.......

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No

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See above. Same situation.

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No

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see above

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Yes

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Shouldn’t be on the business. The city or other businesses should provide free or for-profit parking garages. Safer for everyone and easier for businesses to start up.

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No

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If a business has no on-site parking, it makes me not want to go there. There are businesses downtown that I do not visit due to the parking situation.

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Yes

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People deserve to have a place to park their car. Not 3-4 cars though. Especially as the city is growing much larger unfortunately

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No

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Business parking already sprawls into adjacent neighborhoods.

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No

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Unless they are in the downtown area parking min should be required.

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No

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This is crazy talk. Yes, a business should provide the spaces needed for its customers.

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No

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When business employees must park in the street, there are no spots left for the public, for customers to park.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Same comment as #2

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No

Comment on Question #3:

I preferred not to answer this question, but I forced to answer it. I needed to hear more Pro/Con on this question. In general, businesses should provide a minimum amount of parking; however that is not practical for many existing businesses, particularly in mid-town.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Are we all using jet packs now?!

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Yes

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This needs to be very flexible. Some commercial properties don't have a lot of easy-to-access off street parking, so a rigid rule on this could hurt some small businesses (especially those who rent their space).

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No

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Traffic is already problematic. Businesses should have their own customer parking available.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

It's already difficult to find parking to go into some businesses, especially downtown. Please don't eliminate the requirement.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Unless you want to limit business to local pedestrian communities which will severely curtail economic activity, then this is a naive idea. Where will non-local residents park their horse and buggies when they come in from Alfalfa to grab a pint of Bachelor Bitter on a Friday evening? Oh? You want to limit that to local pedestrians? How elitist is that? Good grief!

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No

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Same answer as number two

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No

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I assume we are talking about new commercial property.

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No

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It's OK to review and possibly change the requirement, but the city needs to engage with this issue and come up with a solution that put some requirements on businesses.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Same comments as above.

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No

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Businesses should provide a number of parking spaces for customers. They shouldn’t be “dog-warred” for each business, just general parking spaces for all businesses.

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No

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Again, why are you asking this question this way? Are you concerned that someone parks on a street while going to a restaurant?

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No

Comment on Question #3:

To me this is obvious. If you want to build a commercial building then supply adequate parking, ADA spaces, and bike/pedestrian paths. Again, there is no turning back.

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No

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This I feel is similar to residences. IF there is room at the business, they should have parking off the street. If it's a street facing only, then there's no option for off street parking.

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No

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No, we have a ton of tourists and the town has grown without proper planning. I’m all for growth if it’s done in a smart way where you build infrastructure first. It’s already difficult to find parking. It’s gotten to the point I don’t patronize businesses who don’t provide adequate parking.

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No

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I already addressed this above.

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No

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Honestly, with the number of elderly, groceries, etc., Be like portland?

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No

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Same as above

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Yes

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Some businesses have no off street parking spaces

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No

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I'm assuming there is a consideration to the type of business here.

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No

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What are you getting at? How can someone patronize a business if they cannot find a place to park their car?

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No

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Unless parking is provided by the city or private parking companies

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Depends on the business and the location. Downtown is tricky as space is limited and many people can bike and commute to work alternatively and they can use those spaces for patrons during COVID. It can be reviewed, but it cannot be a blanket statement. It has to be looked at by location/area of Bend.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Business should provide a minimum number of parking spaces based on potential volume of customers

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Eliminating off-Street parking would most likely hurt businesses more than help them.

Comment on Question 4: I like the policy outlined in this question. It relies on data and judgment. While I think the off-Street minimums should be kept for residential and business, I think they should allow some judgment to do what makes the most sense. For example, if an urban core with shopping, offices and living units was developed around Third Avenue, there may not be as much need for off-Street parking because homes/work/shopping would be more accessible without a car.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

I think the size and location for the business needs to be taken into account. Some smaller businesses in areas around town don't always have access to off-street parking.

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No

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People will not frequent businesses if parking becomes a hassle.

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No

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The city should put more effort into expanding the UGB. We need more owner occupied single family housing units.

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No

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Same as above.

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No

Comment on Question #3:

Again, OSU Cascades is a prime example of this problem. When the Westside campus was being proposed, we were all told that congestion and parking would not be a problem as all of the sutdents would ride their bikes and parking would not be an issue. If you try to drive around the OSU Cascades campus, you will notice that most of the streets in the area are reduced to one lane roads as people are parking on both sides of the street making it very difficult to move around town.