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.