Brooks Resources held a required pre-application public meeting on Jan. 20th prior to pursuing site plan approval for Phases 4 through 9 of their 14-phase Discovery West development.
Discovery West will be the largest project in SWNA this decade. The land was annexed into the City last year and is expected to add about 650 homes. It is located between NorthWest Crossing and the Tree Farm, just west and north of Miller Elementary School and Pacific Crest Middle School.
See the map below for the location of the phases. The tentative timeline for the beginning of the next phases is as follows:
While most of the homes will be single-family detached, the plans for Phase 4 include up to 60 smaller mews homes, cottages, and live/work townhomes around a public plaza. Phase 5 will include about 134 apartments near Skyliners Road and Crosby Drive, across from the schools and just north of a commercial area along Skyliners Road.
Discovery Park will be extended along the trail that now goes under Skyline Ranch Road into Phases 5 and 14. The park will have paths and trails, including some designed to make it easy for kids to walk or bike to the three nearby schools.
The traffic mitigation required for the full build-out of Discover West includes two new roundabouts along Skyline Ranch Road, one at Shevlin Park Drive and the other at Skyliners Road. The latter is expected to be built in about 2024, when Phases 8 and 9 are underway, as that is when the development will reach 50% buildout, triggering the need to complete these improvements.
No major concerns were raised during the Zoom meeting, which was attended by about a dozen people, including representatives of the Summit West Neighborhood Association board. Rentals will be limited to 30 days or more, so short-term vacation rentals will not be allowed. The apartments can be up to 45’ in height, though they have not yet been designed. The number of parking spaces for the apartments will comply with city code.
The Planning Commission will hold a hearing during its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 8th, beginning at 5:30 pm on a proposal to create a way for master-planned developments of more than 20 acres to submit a sign plan that deviates from the normal code requirements.
The new code was prompted by a request from Pahlisch Homes in regards to their Petrosa community in northeast Bend, adjacent to Pine Nursery Park.
As part of the master plan, Pahlisch wants to install several freestanding and gateway signs throughout the community which would require deviations from the current Sign Code to allow the number and size of their proposed signs. The current code doesn’t have a process to allow such deviations. The proposed amendments will create a process that would allow an applicant to propose a Master Sign Plan for signage on a development site specifying the size, type, illumination, height, design, location and number of signs for the new development or the redevelopment of a site.
See the notice below for details about how to attend the virtual hearing or submit written comments. To review the proposed code changes, see the attached staff memo below or click here to go to the project page on the City's web site.
A hearing will be held during the regular meeting of the City Council beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd regarding amendments to the code for the Juniper Ridge Special Planned District. Click the second note in the right margin on this page for instructions on viewing or participating in the City's virtual meetings.
The changes primarily modify the employment overlay zone to allow additional commercial and small professional and personal service businesses. See the attached memo for the actual amendments to the development code.
On a separate topic, the proposed code changes also identify a list of streets and intersections “not identified for lane expansion” that used to reside in the previous Transportation System Plan:
West Central City:
The developers of Discovery West will hold a required pre-application meeting with residents of Summit West to present plans for Phases 4–9. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 20th at 5:30 pm.
Discovery West is likely to be the largest project in SWNA this decade. The land was annexed into the City last year and is expected to add about 650 homes. It is located between NorthWest Crossing and the Tree Farm, just west and north of Miller Elementary School and Pacific Crest Middle School.
To participate in the meeting, click the button below or launch the Zoom app and enter Webinar ID: 811 0010 7636; Passcode: 190634. See the attached notice for contact information.
The NLA submitted to the City Council proposed amendments to the Bend Development Code that affect public participation in land use processes. The proposed changes would have:
Public hearings on the proposed amendments will be held:
Note that the code amendments include a change to Chapter 2.3 to permit small animal veterinary clinics in Mixed Employment zones.
See the attached notices for information on how to make comments during the virtual meetings, watch the hearings, or submit written comments.
The text of the proposed code changes is included in the staff memo attached below the notice.
The City of Bend's new Online Permit Center will go live on Monday, Dec. 14th. This new software platform replaces ePlans. In an effort to prepare users for the launch, the City is offering several online training webinars providing an overview of the new system, including demonstrations of its key features.
These training sessions will be offered via Zoom. Please click on one of the links below to register for one of the webinars. To register online, click here.
Webinars will be offered for three types of users:
1) Applicants and Consultants:
Please log in a few minutes early, as the training will begin on time. Microphones will be muted during the overview of the software, but there will be time for questions and comments at the end of the session.
If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you will be able to access recordings of the training sessions on the Permit Center webpage.
On December 14, 2020 the City’s new Online Permit Center will go live with upgraded features and functionality for a host of permits and licenses, including:
To prepare for this upcoming conversion period, please complete any existing applications, inspections and/or permits and pay any outstanding fees prior to November 25, 2020, to avoid project delays.
The best way to stay up-to-date on the new Online Permit Center is at http://www.bendoregon.gov/permitcenter. Content will continue to be posted on the conversion status along with upcoming trainings.
An application has been submitted for a whole house STR permit for 42 NW Skyliner Summit Loop. Please see the attached notice for information on submitting written comments, which must be received or postmarked by Oct. 29th.
Proposed code changes could expand public comment periods and notification requirements for some types of land use development applications.
Public hearings will be held to discuss the proposed changes, as follows:
These will be virtual meetings. Watch the Planning Commission and City Council webpages for information about how to participate in or watch these public meetings. See the attached notice for details on how to submit written comments.
A copy of the proposed changes is attached below.
The Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (NLA), a City Council advisory committee made up of representatives from the neighborhood associations, worked with City of Bend staff to identify and recommend potential amendments to the Bend Development Code (BDC) about public meeting notification and public comment processes for Type II and Type III development applications. The proposed code changes are the result of nearly two years of neighborhood outreach by the NLA.
When an applicant seeks a Type II permit, the City notifies property owners within 250 feet of the application site by mail and opens a 14-day comment period for the public to provide input. The NLA recommended extending the public comment period to 16 days.
A Type III application is where the City Council, Planning Commission, or a Hearings Officer makes the final decision after a public hearing. The NLA recommended that the City increase notification areas from 250 feet to 500 feet for Type III hearings.
Some Type II and Type III development applications require a developer to hold a neighborhood public meeting before submitting an application to the City. The NLA recommended increasing the notification period for these meetings from 14 to 21 days.
For both Type II and Type III development applications, the NLA has recommended that notification signs posted on the site remain posted throughout the duration of the public comment period and be legible from the “public way,” such as the street.
The City is accepting written comments on a proposal to create a "triplex" by building a new duplex in front of an existing home at 1828 SW Knoll Ave, in the Overturf Butte subdivision. Comments must be received or postmarked by Oct. 16th. See the notice below for contact details and the project number.