This hearing before the Council will be held via a virtual meeting platform. To provide testimony during the hearing, look for the WebEx information (phone number and meeting code) near the top of the agenda for the August 19th City Council meeting. To access the agenda, click here, then scroll down to "Upcoming Events" and click on the "Agenda" for the Aug. 19th meeting. (Agendas are often not posted until the preceding Friday.)
Note that the Public Comment Line will open at 6:45 p.m. to allow callers to sign up for comment. You may provide general comments for the Visitor’s Section or comment on any of the items listed with a public hearing. Please be advised that times in the agenda are estimates only; meetings can run longer or be delayed for multiple reasons. The waiting time to provide your comment could be substantial.
To watch the meeting, click on "Video", or tune in to COTV Channel 11 on cable beginning at 6:00 p.m.
For information on how to provide written comments prior to the hearing (Project PZ-20-0424) and links to the proposed Transportation System Plan, please scroll down to the post dated 7/2/20.
Volunteers are needed to help with this vital annual event sponsored by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council.
River cleanup activities will take place along the Deschutes River at five sites: Meadow Camp, Riverbend Park, McKay Park, First Street Rapids Park, and Sawyer Park. Volunteers will help pull invasive weeds and remove litter from the stream banks.
For more information and to register to volunteer, click here.
VisitNWX is the business association for NorthWest Crossing. Its growing roster of members includes owners of NWX businesses and properties working to promote the neighborhood's businesses.
The association also hopes to play a role in fostering communication about events and other news in NWX, now that the community's developer has finished its work in the area. To learn more and sign up for the VisitNWX newsletter, click here.
NorthWest Crossing is home to most of the businesses located in the Summit West Neighborhood Association, which makes it the closest thing we have to a downtown.
(Note: business owners and property owners who are not residents of Summit West are eligible to become members of the neighborhood association, and your participation is welcome. To sign up, click here.)
After more than two years of work, the City has a draft Plan ready for review by the public and decision-makers. The Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee and the Transportation Steering Committee have completed their work, along with the technical Project Team, and directed staff to take the Transportation Plan to the public hearing phase. Comments on the Plan will be provided to the Planning Commission and City Council.
Public Hearing dates:
For more information on the public hearings, see: Transportation Plan Website
For a 15-minute recorded overview of the Transportation Plan, please go here: Bend's New Transportation Plan Presentation (Video)
For a PowerPoint overview of the Transportation Plan, please click here: Overview of Bend’s New Transportation Plan (Summary Presentation)
To review the draft Transportation Plan, please go here: Draft Transportation Plan
Written comments can be sent to: email@example.com.
Everyone's help is needed to keep our neighborhood safe when celebrating this July 4th. Illegal fireworks cause serious injuries and devastating fires every year. Illegal fireworks include any device that:
Click here for more.
Even when fireworks are legal, we all need to be careful. Last year Bend Fire & Rescue responded to two structure fires that destroyed both homes due to the improper disposal of LEGAL fireworks. To use legal fireworks safely:
Four Bend City Council positions will be on the November 3, 2020, ballot. The filing period for those interested in getting on the ballot is open through August 25.
Due to COVID-19, for this election, prospective City Councilor candidates can choose to pay a $25 fee instead of collecting signatures to get on a ballot. Typically, candidates are eligible for the ballot by filing a nominating petition containing at least 150 signatures of electors of the city of Bend. The Council approved temporarily allowing eligible electors to be nominated for the November 3, 2020 election by filing a declaration of candidacy and paying a $25 filing fee to allow candidates the option to avoid the in-person signature-gathering requirement to support social distancing practices that help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Candidates will still have the option of filing by nomination petition.
Individuals elected this November will begin serving in January 2021. Council members are elected to four-year terms. The City Council is comprised of six council members and an elected Mayor.
For more information about filing, including eligibility requirements and expectations of Councilors, click here.
The four positions that expire at the end of December are positions 1 through 4, currently held by Bruce Abernethy, Justin Livingston, Bill Moseley, and Chris Piper. Livingston and Piper have announced that they will seek re-election.
Bend’s mayor, Sally Russell, city manager Eric King, and city councilor Chris Piper held a virtual meeting on May 21st to inform the neighborhood associations about the City’s response to COVID-19 and its plans for reopening.
Among the items currently being implemented or receiving serious consideration are the following:
There has been some reduced access to City services as 60% of employees are working from home. Some will begin moving back to their offices and providing in-person service as safety allows. In the interim, they are trying alternative methods, such as virtual support for permits and using drones for remote inspections.
The City is expecting reduced revenue from numerous sources, including room taxes and gas taxes. All departments are being asked to propose plans to reduce expenditures by 5% and 10%. They are looking at increased efficiencies, delaying travel and training, decreasing the use of consultants, freezing vacancies, not hiring temps or seasonal employees, and delaying some projects — all while trying to have the least negative impact on services.
To support neighborhoods, the City will maintain funding for neighborhood association communications. They plan to be flexible with the requirement that neighborhood associations hold a general meeting every 18 months (keeping safety in mind). And, they plan to continue to maintain communication with the NAs using new virtual methods.
The City of Bend has extended the COVID-19 emergency orders, allowing for temporary policies related to procurement practices, facility closures, employee teleworking and public meeting protocols. It also says:
The orders were extended through Phase II of the Governor’s Reopening Oregon plan (which explains phasing). The start and end dates of Phase II have not been established by the state yet. Phase II could begin as early as June 5, if Deschutes County is able to meet state criteria for entering Phase II.
The City Manager also updated an order discouraging tourist travel and related activities in Bend through the completion of Phase I. In Deschutes County, Phase I began May 15 and could end on June 5 at the earliest. Under this order:
The NorthWest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market will be held each Saturday beginning June 6th and ending October 17th.
Like grocery stores, farmers markets are allowed as essential businesses under the Governor's emergency orders. Protocols will be in place to ensure physical distancing and avoid congregating by groups of people.
Visit www.NWXFarmersMarket.com to learn more.