Pine Ridge

A development with condos, retail and more is being planned along the bluff above the Deschutes River and Bill Healy Bridge in southwest Bend.

Developers are planning a 250,000-square-foot project on the bluff over the Deschutes River near Farewell Bend Park and the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge. It is to have a hotel, restaurants, condos and retail shops.

It will bring in business, tourists, places for people to live and taxes. But it bothers some people.

For some, there has been enough growth. For some, it’s the height, with buildings more than 50 feet tall. For some, it’s the added traffic. For some, it’s an assault on the viewscape along the river.

Some have also questioned if the city provides enough public notice of projects like these. As you drive, bike or walk around Bend, you can see the notices of development if you happen to go by. The city has a new website that does make searching for projects and details possible. We don’t find it particularly user-friendly. You might. Check it out here: tinyurl.com/Bendmaptool.

The city does mail notices to property owners within a certain radius of a project. That’s determined basically by the scope of the project. For instance some developments have a notice radius of 250 feet. Some have 500 feet. Some can go farther. For the project we mentioned above, notice went out to property owners within 250 feet.

Notifications are also mailed and emailed to the city’s neighborhood association land use chair — or representative — in the neighborhood association where the project is located. Some neighborhood associations do, in turn, send out notices to people or post notices of some developments on their websites.

Is that enough? How much notice is enough notice?

Bend does not require neighborhood associations to try to spread the word or post items. Should it? What should it require?

Bend does not send out notices in a more widespread area because of projected traffic impacts. Should it? How far away from a location should people be notified?

Bend’s notification requirements are not fixed. They can change. If you think they need to, you can email city councilors at council@bendoregon.gov. Or you can write us a letter to the editor of up to 250 words and make a suggestion. Send those to letters@bendbulletin.com.

(5) comments

Kate Yeomans

Hello my name is Kate Yeomans and I am the individual who started the petition on change.org against this development. I would like to comment that the dates in which this building was approved was finalized in October of last year. I feel like as the primary news source of Bend you should be held accountable for reporting such developments. And I am curious as to why a story about this development came out as early as March 6th. With nearly 6000 individuals signing the petition in disagreement of this development why is the public only aware after the Bulletins post? The neighborhood associations in the surrounding areas had previously tried to pick a backing against the development of Bend Village. It feels as if this current article update is to join and capitalize off the rush of attention this development has gained. And I am personally curious as to how long the Bulletin had known about such development. We as a community have a say but only can unite under spread of media, in which we hold you accountable for.

Gary Mendoza

The City Council fiddles while too many tourists destroys Bend’s quality of life. Sneaking mammoth developments that will further deteriorate Bend’s natural beauty past Bend citizens is a feature, not a bug.

Smedley Doright

Sending out notices assumes that the residents of an area have a mailbox. Many residents of our town who might be impacted by development have no address as they are experiencing houselessness. Their very place of residence may be impacted by development and no mention of how to notify them is included. For equity, notification should be delivered to each of the homeless residents who might be impacted.

CentralOregonFred

LOL, no squatters don't need to be notified about developments where they may be squatting at the moment. If they don't like it, they can easily go squat someplace else.

liciapru

You think it's a good use of city resources to track down and notify homeless folks, when they can't be bothered to even go outside a 250-500ft radius for people who might pay property taxes? You seem like you're virtual signaling more than anything here.

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