REVIEW OF PARKS & REC DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
SWNA board members have examined the draft Comprehensive Plan published by Bend Parks and Recreation Department (BRPD), and this review focuses on the BPRD’s future plans for parks, trails and recreational facilities within Summit West (SWNA) boundaries.
Based on a two-year public engagement process, the BPRD has prioritized 99 projects and has sorted these projects into three categories: high, moderate and low. These projects were derived from the BPRD Capital Improvement Plan and the draft Plan. Evaluation criteria were developed to determine each project’s priority level, as discussed in Chapter 6 of the draft Plan. Associated maps include Map 9, Planned Projects (see page 111); Map 10, Park Search Areas and Improved Crossings to Access Existing Parks (see page 113); and Map 10, Trail Plans (see page 115). These three maps, by planning topic, incorporate a discussion of high, moderate and low priority projects.
The BPRD’s planned projects, park search areas, and trail plans are situated primarily along the western boundary of the SWNA. The following is a summary of planned activities for the above categories.
1) PLANNED PROJECTS:
A: Discovery Park Phase 2 (no. 33, draft Plan)—The BPRD will conduct public outreach to determine what amenities the community would like to see added to Discovery Park. Potential amenities may include a playground, a water feature and infrastructure for events.
B: Sunset View Park (no. 19, draft Plan)—Residents in this neighborhood have previously indicated an interest in outdoor fitness equipment and trail routes for the Park. The scope of the project will be refined prior to the start of the design process.
2) PARK SEARCH AREAS:
The BPRD has identified three search areas, along the western edge of the SWNA and the City’s Urban Growth Boundary, for future parks (the location of the proposed parks within the search areas are approximate and subject to change). These include part of Boyd Park (no. 5), Eagle Park (no. 9), and Foxborough Park (no. 11).
3) TRAIL PLANS:
The BPRD has listed planned trails situated primarily to the west of the SWNA, and these include the Discovery West Trail (no. 16) and the Manzanita Trail (no. 21, extending westerly from Discovery Park to the Shevlin Park trail system). All planned trail alignments are approximate and subject to change.
Overall, the impact of the BPRD’s planned projects on SWNA would be minimal. These changes are consistent with the existing facilities, the framework of the adjacent neighborhoods, and would include follow-up public outreach to provide a platform for modifying planned improvements. Further, it is believed that the improvements would enhance the livability of the affected neighborhoods, reflective of public comments submitted to the BPRD.
In reference to the discussion about Park Search Areas and Trail Plans, the proposed plans anticipate primarily residential growth taking place along the western boundary of the SWNA and within and outside of the City’s Urban Growth Boundary. These plans address this growth, and minimal impacts on SWNA are anticipated within the BPRD’s 10-year planning framework.
On May 9, 2018, the SWNA board provided information about the City’s comprehensive plan realignment project. The board has examined a recently provided City map showing those affected parcels within the SWNA boundaries. The following information assesses the potential effects of the realignment project.
The SWNA will continue to monitor this project and provide pertinent updates.
Specifically, in Summit West, two parcels will be rezoned from RS (single family) to PF (public facilities):
— one is the 40 acres of city property at the top of Overturf Butte, which has two water tanks, a dog park, and a park trail
— the second is Quail Park on Regency, west of Mt. Washington
The other parcel is a surface mine along Shevlin Park Rd, which will be rezoned to single family.
All of these changes are consistent with current uses (the single family to public facilities changes) or will bring the use more in line with surrounding properties (the surface mine to single family change).
Overall, the impact of the planned map alignment project on SWNA is not huge.
The meeting will be June 4 at 4 PM in the Brooks Room of the Deschutes County Library. Please see the notice below for exact land location (no address is yet assigned).
The Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) has released its draft Comprehensive Plan. The draft Plan is the result of collecting comments for nearly two years and sets the framework for planning BPRD parks, trails and recreational facilities for the next ten years.
The draft Plan is available for review and comment at the link below. The link will take you to a comment form which is to be used to provide online comments, and any comments are due by Sunday, June 3. The BPRD will be conducting a public meeting about the draft Plan on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the BPRD office, 799 SW Columbia St.
SWNA board members plan to review the draft Plan and, as appropriate, submit comments to the BPRD and post them on the SWNA website. Its review will primarily focus on those parks, trails and recreational facilities situated within SWNA boundaries and BPRD proposed plans for the future. Board members also plan to attend the above public meeting.
It is recommended that interested parties review the draft Plan and submit any comments independent of SWNA board review.
ADDED NOTE 5/29/18: A review by the SWNA Board is now posted three entries above this one for further review.
Project PZ-18-0318 and 0319 involve a proposal by Brooks Resources to develop property in Northwest Crossing between Mt Washington and York, just north of Lolo. The first project changes the configuration of the lots around a newly-built cul-de-sac called Potts Court, which enters off of York. The second project is the actual site plan and details for the new buildings.
Five flex-space buildings totaling about 52,000 sf are planned, with space for multiple tenants. The designs show 1 1/2-story, low profile buildings in a northwest contemporary style.
To review the plans, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y7njrrza. Written comments must be received or postmarked by May 25, 2018 (see contact details on the notice).
Here is a notice recently received by Summit West regarding a short term rental proposal. Comments are due 5/21.
The City Council approved moving forward to rezone relevant residential, commercial and industrial land within the city limits in January. The land in question is spread throughout the city and the intent is to align the land with Bend’s comprehensive plan, which controls land use activities within the city.
The SWNA board has contacted city staff to determine what areas in Summit West may be affected by the city’s rezoning plans. Once we receive information, we will provide updates through posts on the SWNA website.
On May 14, 2018, city staff will present a modified public involvement plan with the planning commission about the rezoning project. More information may be found in this May 5, 2018, Bend Bulletin article and by contacting the city (541/388.5580).
The SWNA (Summit West Neighborhood Association) recently received the notice of a public hearing from the City of Bend. The public hearing, to be conducted by the City of Bend Planning Commission on May 16, 2018, will consider OSU’s two-part application as discussed in the notice.
A SWNA board member attended an earlier public meeting regarding this matter and provided testimony. The SWNA is providing this document as an informational item and believes no further action is needed at this time.