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By 2028, experts predict another 35,000 people will move to Bend, a city that earlier this month topped a national list for highest rental rate increases in the nation and decreasing levels of home ownership.

Rental rates and ownership are two key indicators that Bend’s housing market isn’t ready to accommodate this major 40 percent population increase. Part of the problem: A missing middle. Those duplexes, triplexes, townhomes and courtyard apartments that fill the gap between single-family homes and multi-story apartment buildings—the kinds of homes that meet the needs of young professionals, retirees, and others flocking to Bend for a new kind of urban living nestled at the base of the Cascades.

Dan ParolekAt 6:30 p.m. on April 10, at the Tower Theatre, join Dan Parolek, the nation’s premier expert on middle market housing, for “Solving Bend’s Missing Middle Market Housing Puzzle, presented by Ascent Architecture and Interiors and brought to you by Building a Better Bend and Bend 2030 with additional sponsorship from Brooks Resources Corporation, Miller Lumber, Northwest Crossing, Bryant Lovlien & Jarvis, Taylor Northwest, Central Oregon Association of REALTORS ©, and Wall Street Suites.

Click here for free tickets to the event! 

Parolek will break down what’s missing in Bend and describe tangible solutions for spurring development of this critical middle market.

“Single, childless couples and empty nesters have two things in common,” writes Parolek in his 2014 Best in American Living article The Missing Middle. “They are growing in numbers and they want a unique type of home. These buyers prefer higher quality, often smaller, multifamily options as an alternative to living in single-family homes.”

20170224_165501Audience members will also be invited to provide direct feedback to leaders of the Bend Collaborative Housing Workgroup—a new project led by Bend 2030, Brooks Resources, Central Oregon Association of REALTORS ©, Central Oregon Builders Association, Housing Works, the City of Bend and the American Institute of Architects Southwestern Oregon Chapter—that is developing a slate of recommended policy tools and incentives to jump start Bend’s middle housing market. 

Click here to learn more about the housing workgroup.

Click here for free tickets to the event! 

 

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Charter review is in the spotlight this week as a citizen committee presents Council with the results of two community forums held on an elected mayor, a ward system and councilor pay.

The public input was gathered last fall during two events hosted by Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon. The results show that the majority of participants in the forums favor changing the city’s charter to allow for an elected mayor and wards.

Several councilors said they were supportive of taking a fresh look at the City’s Charter, but weren’t sure they have the time to devote to the issue given the many other pressing issues in the City.

Here’s a round up of local media reports covering the issue this week:

Charter Review- The Bulletin, Feb. 1, 2017. “Bend is still running itself like a small town rather than the city that it is.”

Bend City Council Looks at Charter Review. The Bend Radio Group, Feb. 2, 2017. “The last charter review was done 22 years ago and most of the council agreed it is something the voters should have a say on.”

Charter Review, Move Bend Coalition KBND Morning Interview, Feb. 2, 2017: “Almost everybody that came to those forums felt that we could use some changes to our city government structure.”

To see the full charter review report presented to Council at its Feb. 1 meeting, go to the City’s website and click to view video of the meeting.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A panel of citizens will present the results of two recent community forums on local governance structure to the Bend City Council tonight and ask that a charter review committee be formed.

The two forums leading up to tonight’s presentation were sponsored by Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon and asked a central question: Does our current governance structure give us the best leadership possible for addressing our complicated population, housing, transportation and livability issues?

Held on Sept. 20 and Nov. 1 of 2016, the forums focused on offering education about charter review issues and collecting public input on the following three core questions:

  • Do residents from all parts of Bend feel represented by the current method of electing councilors at-large?
  • Is it time for Bend’s mayor to be elected, or continue to be appointed by fellow councilors?
  • Do city councilors have the right support structure and pay in order to do their job

The forums revealed a few key data points that will be shared with the Council tonight, including that Bend is the largest city in Oregon without an elected mayor, that residents living on the east side of Third Street have been dramatically underrepresented on City Council and City committees, and that the overwhelming majority of forum participants support some changes to Bend’s governance structure to provide stronger and more representative leadership for Bend residents.

The five community members who will present to the Council tonight include Brent Landels, Kathleen Meehan Coop, Bill Galaway, Richard Ross and Don Leonard. The five will share forum data, community concerns, many of the pros and cons involved in revising our governance structure and comparisons to other cities throughout Oregon. They will also share a letter of support from the Central Oregon Association of REALTORS for a review of Bend’s governance structure.

The panel will recommend the creation of a Council-appointed charter review committee, which may ultimately propose a city-wide election on these important questions for leadership of the City of Bend.

To accompany their presentation, a full report of all the data collected at the forums was released today. It shows that:

  • 65 percent of participants said the best governance model for Bend would be one at-large elected mayor, four wards that would each elect one councilor, and two additional councilors elected at-large, with 35 percent suggesting other models
  • 41 percent of participants said that the elected mayor should make a salary of more than $10,000 per year, with the other 59 percent of opinions split over lower amounts of pay
  • 46 percent of participants said that councilor pay should remain the same, at $200 per month, with the other 54 percent of opinions split over larger amounts of pay

Move Bend initial meetingRepresentatives from non-profits, the business community, government agencies and neighborhood associations met Tuesday to design the framework and 2017 goals of a new Bend-based transportation coalition called MOVE BEND.
The MOVE BEND coalition, which is still in the formative stages, aims to coordinate members and the larger community to articulate a shared vision for the future of Bend’s multimodal transportation system and to create shared strategies for achieving that vision.

Bend 2030, the City of Bend, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, OSU-Cascades, Commute Options, The Environmental Center, Bend Bikes, the Deschutes Brewery sustainability team, Central Oregon Association of Realtors, Oregon Department of Transportation and some area neighborhood associations all participated in the Tuesday meeting to direct the forming of the coalition.

BLP-logoMOVE BEND is one of several key initiatives resulting from the Bend Livability Project, which has educated, empowered and engaged more than 3,000 Bend residents in the most challenging issues facing our community.

Among these issues is our transportation system. By 2028, we expect more than 40 percent more people will live in Bend—a significant burden on our already strained road system. How to move commerce and people safely and efficiently through our community using a variety of vehicular and active transportation modes is a major hurdle. The MOVE BEND coalition will tackle this challenge by working together on solutions that support the varied needs of Bend residents, visitors and businesses.

A number of key decisions were made about how to proceed with that work at the MOVE BEND meeting Tuesday. The group agreed that the coalition will be made up of a small executive committee, a larger group of coalition members who help to create the group’s platform and goals, and a broader group of coalition supporters who endorse the work of MOVE BEND. Administrative support for the coalition will be provided by Bend 2030.

The 2017 goals established at the meeting include creating a platform of positions supported by coalition members, engaging in transportation issues during the upcoming Oregon Legislative session, helping to shape the City’s Transportation System Plan, supporting the work of COIC to enhance the transit system in Bend, and creating unified messages and communications in support of MOVE BEND’s work.

MOVE BEND’s executive committee will be formed in the coming weeks and official coalition membership will soon be offered to groups, businesses and agencies throughout the City. Contact Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Morgan at erin@bend2030.org to learn more.

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JOIN BEND 2030 FOR AN IMPORTANT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON TRANSPORTATION NEXT MONDAY NIGHT!

The Bend City Council will hold a special meeting next Monday night to discuss transportation priorities in the City of Bend.

Bend City Council Special Transportation Work Session
4-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14
Municipal Court, 555, NE 15th St.
Click here to view the meeting agenda. 

Do you care about multimodal transportation?

Do you want to help the City of Bend prioritize pedestrian,
biking and transit funding?

If yes, you care about this meeting.

While testimony isn’t a part of the special work session, these are the most important three hours you can spend getting up to speed on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Hope to see you there!

screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-4-15-05-pmDid you know that more than 40 percent of OSU-Cascades students and staff are ditching their cars and traveling to campus by some other method?

Take a look at some of the facts just released by the university about multimodal transportation and parking in the area around campus.

Click here to read: OSU-CASCADES PARKING FACTS AND PRINCIPLES

At Bend 2030, we believe strongly that the university’s devotion to increasing multimodal transportation is benefitting all of Bend.

If you agree, please download this document and share it on your Facebook page!

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We want your input on these important questions at our next charter review forum: 

  • Does our current governance structure give us the best leadership possible for addressing our complicated population, housing, transportation and livability issues?
  • Should Bend residents begin electing a mayor? If yes, what powers should they have?
  • Should Bend implement a ward system with councilors elected from each area of town? If yes, how many wards should there be?
  • Should councilors be paid more than the current $200 per month? If yes, what negative and positive affects could that have?

Join us from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Central Oregon Collective to share your opinions!

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND CHARTER REVIEW FORUM TWO: YOUR INPUT. 

Regional government expert Rick Allen will kick off the forum by discussing key issues related to the kinds of government models found in Central Oregon.

Then, through more than a dozen interactive stations we’ll collect your input on the important questions above. All input will be brought to the Bend City Council in January, helping to form the basis of any charter review process that might occur in the coming year.

This second charter review forum builds on the first forum held on Sept. 20. Read the Charter Review Forum One: Defining the Issues Report here. 

The forums are free, but space is limited to 150 participants. Registration is strongly suggested.

REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND CHARTER REVIEW FORUM TWO: YOUR INPUT. 

Many thanks to Webfoot Painting for providing complimentary catering from Blue Bite and Worthy Brewing for providing beer at the event!

A new report released today shows what questions Bend residents who attended a forum on charter review have about the issue.

Click here to read the report. 

The questions were captured at a recent charter review forum held on Sept. 20 by Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon.

Get up to speed on the key elements of charter review by reading the report or by checking out the latest City Edition video below.

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Have something to say about charter review?

Make sure to attend the second charter review forum from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Central Oregon Collective, 62070 27th St.

That’s your chance to give your opinions on an elected mayor, ward system, and whether councilors should be paid.

Click here to register for the second charter review forum.

Don’t miss it!

Charter review forums hosted by Bend 2030, Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon are in full swing.

Watch for the results of Charter Review Forum One to be posted soon. Register to attend the Nov. 1 forum here.

But it was a forum hosted by City Club at the Bend Livability Project in June that really launched this important community conversation.

See here a full video of the forum where national scholar Dr. Phil Cooper and Bend City Manager Eric King spoke about what this process could look like in Bend. The forum was moderated by Matt Kittelson of Kittelson Engineering.

CITY CLUB CHARTER REVIEW FORUM, JUNE 4, 2016