BCD Timeline / Milestones
September 29, 2018: The BCD Initiative partnered with Stemach Architecture + Design to host a workshop at the Bend Chamber’s first Young Professionals Summit. The workshop, Designing the Future #inBend allowed participants to take a hands on approach to show how we can influence our experience of “place” through urban design in the Bend Central District. https://youtu.be/EENu-WIMApA
June 25, 2018: Central Oregon LandWatch was awarded the Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee's Big Chainring award for the BCD Initiative’s advocacy around bringing the community's vision for the Bend Central District to life. https://www.ktvz.com/news/deschutes-county-bike-pedestrian-panel-names-big-chainring-award-winners/755016491
June 20, 2018: In their roles as the Bend Urban Renewal Agency, the Bend City Councilors voted (4-1) (Members Roats, Boddie, Livingston and Chair Russell voted yes. Member Moseley opposed) to create a BURA Advisory Board for the Feasibility Study and the Urban Renewal Plan for the central area of Bend. http://bend.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=436&meta_id=24416 + link to map: http://bend.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=436&meta_id=24418)
June 14, 2018: The U.S. Department of Treasury certified a national map of Opportunity Zones, including the Bend Central District after its census tract qualified for the federal criteria: low income communities, have a total employment of at least 1,500, host more than 200 small businesses, are in a growing county, and contain at least some portion of an existing Enterprise Zone. https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/economic-development/opportunity-zones
May 17, 2018: BCD Initiative Party at Oregon Spirit Distillers with over 150 members of the community in attendance to celebrate the BCD Initiative’s successes in advocating for the City of Bend to prioritize the Bend Central District’s revitalization.
May 7, 2018: Brooks Resources purchased a key property on NE Franklin Ave with hopes to create a mixed-use development in the future that is well-received by the entire City of Bend. https://www.ktvz.com/news/brooks-resources-buys-former-murray-holt-property/739321907
May 2, 2018: Bend City Council votes unanimously to directs the Bend Urban Renewal Agency to take all actions necessary for development and adoption of an urban renewal plan and district for some or all the following opportunity areas: Bend Central District, East Downtown, Inner Highway 20/Greenwood, and KorPine, beginning with a feasibility study assessing all of these areas. https://docs.google.com/gview?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbend.granicus.com%2FDocumentViewer.php%3Ffile%3Dbend_be706542313330ef83312df28f738c76.pdf%26view%3D1&embedded=true.
April 18, 2018: A coalition of 30 groups including businesses, neighborhoods, affordable housing and other nonprofits, volunteer technical experts, landowners, and developers have recommended urban renewal in the Bend Central District and KorPine in a letter to City Councilors. Coalition Letter to City Council 4.18.18.
April 18, 2018: The BCD Initiative published an extensive “Bend Central District: Summary of Revitalization Potential” summarizing work done to date toward the BCD vision. https://www.ktvz.com/news/bend-central-district-could-add-900-housing-units/731414295
April 4, 2018: More than a dozen community members attended a City Council meeting to support revitalizing the Bend Central District, with 12 giving public testimony. Additionally, 27 written comments were submitted in support of taking action on the BCD.
March 8, 2018: Guest Column published in The Bulletin: “Central District means a better future for Bend” written by Ashley Evert, a third-generation Bendite who owns and manages the Bend Three Sisters Inn and Suites. https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/blog/2018/3/14/find-out-why-the-bcd-means-a-better-future-for-bend
In March of 2018 all three of Bend’s eligible census tracts were nominated for Opportunity Zone designation by Governor Kate Brown. These tracts, roughly cover the Historic District/Korpine area south to Reed Market, Downtown and the Bend Central District, and East of 97 in the Larkspur Neighborhood.
November, 2017: Collected 196 surveys through outreach and pop-up events at key locations in the district: Hawthorne Transit Station, Franklin Underpass, El Sancho Taco Shop.
October 26, 2017: Partnered with Stemach Design + Architecture, ML Vidas, and to host an Urban Design Challenge at the BND Design Conference.
October 12, 2017: BCD Initiative Launch Party at the Barrel Thief Lounge. More than 150 Midtown neighbors, business owners, Maker's District folks, landowners, and engaged citizens showed up to learn more about the vision for the BCD and what they can do to support it. (Read articles on the Launch Party from The Source and OPB.)
October 27, 2017: Central Oregon LandWatch and Brooks Resources Corporation awarded the City Club of Central Oregon’s first-ever Conversation of the Year Award for their role in the “Westside Transect” conversation. It is credited, at least in part, for accomplishing three things: (1) it helped bring finality to Bend’s decade-long Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) dispute; (2) it created a de facto permanent boundary for Bend’s westward expansion toward the forest and Tumalo Creek; and (3) it re-directed the community’s focus toward revitalization of its neglected urban core between the Bend Parkway and Fourth Street. That area has become known as the Bend Central District (BCD). https://cityclubco.org/city-club-coty-winner/
October 9, 2017: Astir Agency developed branding and logo assets for the Bend Central District.
September 1, 2017: Central Oregon LandWatch sponsored a mural by Nicole Fontana on The Open Book as part of the High Desert Mural Festival.
September 17, 2017: Hosted a parklet at Bend Open Streets.
August 17, 2017: The City Club of Central Oregon’s forum "Bend's Central District - What Will the Future of Urban Density Look Like?" had 280 attendees. City Club's website.
June 21, 2017: Formed the BCD Initiative’s Technical Advisory Group, a committee of volunteers working to identify challenges and opportunities toward harnessing the Bend Central District’s full potential.
Spring, 2017: Recognizing that more than a decade of City planning efforts identifying the potential for the Bend Central District with little follow through, Central Oregon LandWatch formed a project to advocate for the Bend Central District.
2013 - 2014
December 6, 2016: The City of Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary with the Bend Central District designated as an Opportunity Area went into effect.
September 22, 2016: The City of Bend’s Urban Growth Boundary plan was unanimously approved by the Bend City Council. LandWatch’s strong voice in the planning process helped to create a plan that will add more housing capacity to the city while reducing urban sprawl by 70% compared to the original proposal in 2009. The plan adds capacity for the projected needed housing and jobs by focusing density and redevelopment in several efficiently located “Opportunity Areas,” including as the Bend Central District.
April 28, 2016: After recognizing the importance of the Bend Central District for the City of Bend’s future, leaders from Central Oregon LandWatch and Brooks Resources Corporation jointly sponsored a peer-review and analysis of Bend’s Central District MMA Plan and Code Amendments, and suggested changes were subsequently adopted by the Bend City Council. https://www.centraloregonlandwatch.org/blog/2016/9/30/jointly-sponsored-peer-review-to-enhance-bends-central-district
July, 2014: The City of Bend completed a draft Multi-Modal Mixed Use Area Plan for the Bend Central District with recommendations for: Land Use changes, City Plan and Code changes, and Transportation changes.
2013 – 2014: The City of Bend conducted extensive public outreach and research to develop the Multi-Modal Mixed Use Area Plan for the Bend Central District (Project Team, Technical Advisory Committee Meetings, Community Workshops and Events, Articles in local papers, Meeting flyers, Meeting announcements, Translation, special accommodations, and graphics, etc.).
2005 – 2007: The Third Street Corridor was identified as a redevelopment opportunity in the City of Bend’s Central Area Plan process.