The first land annexation for new residences since the city of Bend expanded its urban growth boundary in 2016 will be on the far west side.
The Bend City Council is scheduled to take its final vote June 5 on Discovery West, a community in which plans call for 650 single-family homes, townhouses, cottages and apartments or condominiums on 245 acres west of NorthWest Crossing.
The city’s urban growth boundary expansion includes areas on the north, northeast and southeast sides of town, but Discovery West will be annexed first because its developer started working on a plan as soon as the city signed off.
“It’s really when the developer wants to move (forward),” Community Development Director Russ Grayson said.
Discovery West is being developed by NWX 2 LLC, a partnership of Tennant Developments and Brooks Resources Corp. The same partners were behind West Bend Property Co., which created NorthWest Crossing.
Having a single landowner simplified the process, said David Ford, vice president of real estate development at Brooks Resources. All city services were available for connection, making it easy for developers to get started on a plan.
Brooks Resources hopes to begin laying the groundwork by late July for the first three phases, which will consist of 126 lots for single-family homes, Ford said. Builders could start working as early as next spring and have the first homes completed by fall 2020, he said.
As with the The Tree Farm neighborhood to the west, wildfire resilience is part of the plan for Discovery West. Landscaping rules will prohibit combustible material within 5 feet of houses, and native vegetation such as bunch grass must be used within 30 feet, Ford said.
Required building materials include crawl space vents made of steel mesh with openings one-eighth inch or smaller, Ford said. The idea is to keep blowing embers from wildfires out of crawl spaces, which is what caused the loss of many homes in Paradise, California, he said.
Also like The Tree Farm, Discovery West will be developed less densely on its western edge. The master plan calls for 50 1-acre lots.
Northeast Bend could be the next area to see annexation for a large housing development. City planners are expecting to receive a master plan application this summer from Pahlisch Homes for a tract northeast of Deschutes Market and Butler Market roads, Grayson said.
Planners have met with landowners in each of the expansion areas, including north of Cooley Road and in southeast Bend, Grayson said.
Because there are so many different landowners in the southeast area, the city is creating a plan that will spell out which roads need to be built in what order and how to connect to city sewer services, Grayson said.
Once the southeast area plan is complete, any owner can come forward for annexation, Grayson said.
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