The City of Bend is holding five public workshops for Bend’s Transportation Plan Jan. 23 – 31. Each of the five workshops will focus on a particular area of town (see attached map), but all community members are welcome at all workshops. The workshops will provide community members the opportunity to give input on how the City can make moving around neighborhoods safer and more convenient.
The first half hour of each workshop will be for attendees to review work that has been done on the transportation plan to date. The following two hours will be an active workshop where attendees will work together in small groups to provide input on neighborhood transportation needs. Attendees are asked to stay for the entire workshop, if possible, to contribute to all of the workshop activities.
Below are the workshop dates, times and locations, listed by the areas of town:
Area Number and Neighborhoods
1 - Old Bend, Century West, Southern Crossing, Southwest
Wed., Jan. 23
5:30 – 8 p.m.
1500 Chandler Ave.
2 - Boyd Acres, Orchard District, Mountain View
Thurs., Jan. 24
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Bend Municipal Court
555 15th St.
3 - Larkspur, Old Farm District, Southeast
Wed., Jan. 30
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Bend Senior Center,
1600 Reed Market Rd.
4 - Awbrey Butte, Summit West, River West (OURS!!!!)
Tues., Jan. 29
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
61980 Skyline Ranch Rd.
5 - Core Area (Central Bend)
Thurs., Jan. 31
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
469 NW Wall St.
All workshop locations are accessible and children are welcome to attend. Sign language interpreter service, assistive listening devices, materials in alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats and audio cassette tape, or any other accommodations are available upon advance request. Please contact Karen Swirsky no later than Jan. 20 at email@example.com or 541-323-8513.
Contact: Drew Dietrich
Parking Demand Manager
Beginning on Jan, 1. 2019, parking improvements in downtown Bend will make parking easier, safer, and more available for people looking for places to park.
Here are the five changes coming to downtown:
“We know these improvements might taking some getting used to,” said Drew Dietrich parking demand manager for the City. “We’re going to start off by focusing our efforts on education first. Then we’ll move into enforcement. Our goal is to help people going downtown make the best use of the limited number of parking stalls and have a better experience while doing it.”
For more information on downtown parking, visit www.bendoregon.gov/parking.
Date: December 10, 2018From: Anne Aurand
Online Community Survey Available
The City wants to gather feedback about the City and City services, and is asking Bend residents to take 10 minutes to participate in an online community survey. Community participation will help the City set priorities. Survey results will be presented to the Bend City Council in January as they embark on their next round of biennial goal setting. Go to: bendcommunitysurvey.com
The online survey is available in both English and Spanish from now until December 22. Online survey results will complement a recently completed statistically-valid phone survey and will also be shared with the City Council.
Responses are completely confidential and no name or identifying information will be associated with responses. The online survey is being hosted by an independent, third-party research firm, DHM Research. DHM will also collect and analyze the results.
The Bend City Council plans to declare a vacancy on the Council on Jan, 2, 2019, when Sally Russell becomes Mayor. Russell will vacate the remaining two years of Council Position 3, with a term expiration of December 2020.
The Bend Charter requires that a vacancy on the Council be filled within 30 days of declaring the vacancy by a Council appointment. Councilors agreed to an application process at their meeting on Dec. 5, 2018, to begin the appointment process. In consideration of the timeline, Council will begin accepting applications on Dec. 6, 2018. The Council will review applications and then conduct interviews.
Applicants can complete an online application and submit a letter of interest which may address such areas as reasons for wanting to serve on the Council, working as a part of a team and representing various areas of the community. A description of the application process and application will be available on the Council vacancy tab on the City Council webpage: www.bendoregon.gov/citycouncil.
Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. The Council will review the applications then can select candidates for interviews. The Council anticipates conducting interviews the week of January 14, and expects to make an appointment at the regular Council meeting on Wednesday, January 16.
The Council aims to have the appointment made prior to the start of its goal-setting process, which takes place in early February. Dates, times and locations for all meetings associated with this process will be available on the City Calendar once scheduled.
Contact: Robyn Christie
Bend residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, to provide input on what affordable housing solutions could ease “rent burden” in Bend.
More than 25 percent of Bend residents have a very difficult time paying for their housing each month. This is called rent burden. The term rent burden applies to renters and home owners and is determined by census data.
Rent burden is defined by looking at the percentage of one’s income spent on housing costs. If someone pays more than 30 percent of their income on housing, they are considered rent burdened. If someone pays more than 50 percent of their income on housing, they are considered severely rent burdened. Paying this amount may lead to financial insecurity, since residents often forego other necessary expenses in order to maintain housing.
“As Bend grows and changes, the City wants to increase affordable housing options to help local families have financial stability,” said City of Bend Affordable Housing Manager Lynne McConnell.
In 2018, the Oregon legislature passed HB 4006, which mandates that cities with at least 10,000 residents and at least 25 percent of its residents experiencing severe rent burden conduct a meeting to discuss causes and potential solutions to ease rent burden. The City of Bend’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will host the discussion about causes of rent burden and potential solutions on Dec. 12.
The City of Bend invites the community to provide input on a variety of topics affecting rent burden including:
More information: www.bendoregon.gov/affordablehousing
Our meeting notes and the slides presented by the three City offices including a report on neighborhood crimes, a transportation systems plan update, and streets and operations presentation, are all online in our meeting notes section here. Enjoy!
Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express food and clothing drive is heading into Bend Neighborhoods. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire and Rescue are working with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items, clothing, and toys for needy families in Bend and Central Oregon. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to listen for the fire engine and Santa, and bring donations to the street for collection. There will be many volunteers walking along with Santa the fire engines to collect the donated items. Please advise children to use caution around the moving fire engines.
The Santa Express 2018 schedule is as follows:
Monday December 3: Terrango Glen and Lava Ridges NEW NEIGHBORHOODS MAP COMING SOON
Tuesday December 4: Larkspur, Foxborough and Sun Meadow (south map [PDF])
Wednesday December 5: NW Crossing (west map [PDF])
Thursday December 6: Providence, areas north and south of Neff Road (east map [PDF])
If we don’t come through your neighborhood you can always drop off non-perishable foods, new toys or clothing at any one of our business partner locations. Boxes will be collected on Friday 12/14/18 for distribution:
If you need help from this holiday season with food or presents, please call The Salvation Army at 541-389-8888.
For more information please contact the Bend Fire Department at 541-322-6309
Winter Street Operations; Emergency Snow Zone Parking Restrictions
Two winters ago, with record-breaking snow fall, the City identified locations where on-street parking contributed to increasingly narrow roads that became challenging for two-way traffic flow. During declared snow emergencies, the City will ask that those targeted streets be cleared of parked cars, to help crews plow from curb to curb and prevent unmanageable berms in the travel lanes.
Last winter, the City kicked-off a pilot program to designate targeted Snow Emergency Zone parking restrictions during snow emergencies. However, due to the mild winter, no snow emergencies were declared. The City will keep this pilot program in place in the event of a large snow storm.
Emergency Snow Zones for the winter of 2018-19 are:
After the City Manager declares a “snow emergency,” there will be a 12-hour period of time when parking will not be allowed on these streets. This allows for complete plowing of the street from curb to curb. Once a street has been completely plowed from curb to curb, drivers are welcome to return to the street to park during the snow emergency.
To receive notifications when a snow emergency is declared, people can sign up for “snow emergency notifications” at www.bendoregon.gov/enews to. (Those who have signed up for other news notifications you will need to go into enews and change preferences to include emergency snow zone notifications.) Or, check www.bendoregon.gov if it’s snowing to find out if a snow emergency has been declared. People can also call City of Bend Streets and Operations at 541-323-5980 to find out if a snow emergency has been declared.
The City doesn’t intend to tow cars, but if crews have to tow, to create safe streets, it will be at no cost to the driver and relocation areas will be identified.
“Do your neighbors a favor: Don’t get plowed around,” said Streets and Operations Department Director David Abbas. “Plowing around parked cars can end up leaving a berm that would be difficult for a person with a shovel to remove.”
Everyone has a responsibility to prepare for winter. Learn what to expect at www.bendoregon.gov/winter.
Contact: David Abbas
Streets and Operations Director
There’s a new road closure on O.B. Riley Road between Hardy Road/Glen Vista and Cooley Road to accommodate the installation of infrastructure (water lines, stormwater and road improvements) associated with the new elementary school near O.B. Riley and Cooley. The closure is expected to last all winter, with construction work happening over the winter and paving in the spring. The detour in place is not expected to change during construction.
Anne Aurand | Communications Director
The public is invited to an Open House from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, at the NE Purcell Boulevard and Empire Avenue intersection.
Visitors can walk around on the recently-improved areas prior to the reopening of Empire Avenue, which is expected by December 3.
“We invite anyone interested in knowing more about what’s coming next with this project to stop by the Open House. Project leaders will be on hand to answer questions from neighbors and people who use this corridor about roundabout work or detours or impacts on the nearby park,” said Project Engineer Sinclair Burr.
Empire is currently closed for construction between NE 18th Street and NE Purcell Boulevard. When this phase ends, the next phase of the project includes work to the east of Purcell Boulevard. Roundabout construction at Empire Avenue and Purcell Boulevard will continue through winter months if weather allows. Only minor traffic impacts are expected through the winter months.
This month, Bend City Councilors approved additional funding for the Empire Corridor Improvements project. This funding authorizes this high-priority transportation project to continue into the next phase.
The Empire Corridor Improvements project is a priority project that will improve safety, multi-modal transportation options, access and connectivity for the neighborhood and the traveling public. See the project webpage for more information: www.bendoregon.gov/empire.
From: Anne Aurand
Contact: Sinclair Burr