What is the BCD Initiative?
Multiple planning efforts have found the Bend Central District has enormous untapped potential to provide more housing and jobs within close proximity to essential services and activities that make up a livable community.
When the Bend City Council unanimously adopted its latest urban growth boundary expansion plan, it called for denser development in select opportunity areas like the Bend Central District.
Leaders from Central Oregon LandWatch and Brooks Resources Corporation came together to launch a grassroots effort to help these plans come to life by building momentum and support for the Bend Central District’s transformation into a vibrant, healthy, and resilient mixed-use neighborhood with safe connections between east and west Bend.
The BCD Initiative is a grassroots movement that:
- Began with a volunteer group of technical advisors in June, 2017 to identify challenges and opportunities toward harnessing the district’s full potential.
- Is raising the profile of the BCD by hosting public events like its launch party at the Barrel Thief Lounge, a presentation at City Club of Central Oregon, designing a logo and branding campaign for the district, sponsoring the High Desert Mural Festival, networking with potential investors, and more.
- Continues to do extensive outreach to engage neighbors, BCD business owners, BCD landowners, the Latino community, local organizations, and all Bendites who have a vision for our city’s future.
- Seeks to answer the question “how can we advance equitable outcomes for everyone in the neighborhood as it develops?”
- Works with the community to find solutions to the Bend Central District’s pressing needs, including unsafe streets, support for makers and artists, and affordable housing.
Our immediate goal: Creating an urban renewal area
Update: On May 3rd, 2018, the Bend City Council officially voted to move forward with creating an urban renewal area in the Bend Central District! Now, the real work begins. Creating the urban renewal plan is a process that will take more than a year, and we are excited to energize the community to be a part of it.
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. Read the letter here: Coalition Letter to City Council 4.18.18.
Creating an urban renewal area provides city leaders with access to tax increment financing (TIF) that could fund:
- projects and programs such as streetscapes and safe crossing improvements for people traveling by bike, foot, and car,
- placemaking and community gathering spaces,
- programs that support small businesses and makers with low-interest loans or façade upgrades,
- infrastructure needed to support vertical development,
- and/or funding for affordable housing – all without raising any taxes on anyone. (Learn more about TIF here.)
We need you to get involved today to help make the community’s vision for the Bend Central District a reality.