BEND: Pump the Brakes and Include the Public in Planning for Middle Housing Code Changes!

Let the City of Bend know you want the community to be heard before adopting code changes that are coming soon.

This website is about Oregon House Bill 2001 (HB 2001), what it is, what it isn't, and how the City of Bend is excluding the public from a transparent discussion about the impacts of pending changes to the Bend Development Code. Help ensure that middle housing succeeds in Bend because the community supports it.

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* This is a project by concerned community volunteers, neighborhood association members, NA board members, and NA land use chairs.

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Insight on HB 2001 and Middle Housing

HB 2001 Code Amendments – Talking Points

Missing Methodology to Missing Middle Housing

Highlights of HB 2001 Draft Code Amendments

Last Chance to Comment on Development Code Changes Before Council Vote!!

September 13, 2021

City Council Meeting (ZOOM) Wednesday, Sept 15th @ 5:00-7:00 pm LAST CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON HB 2001!! Please click on event above for more information about the meeting, how to join, and how to comment! On September 15, the Bend City Council is holding their only public hearing on Development Code changes to support Oregon HB2001. The final vote…

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PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION – Thursday, July 22nd @ 5:30 pm

July 20, 2021

Come and learn about House Bill (HB) 2001! This week the City of Bend will host a Community Information Session on code amendments that will bring changes to Bend neighborhoods. House Bill (HB) 2001 was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2019 and requires communities across the state to allow for the development of “middle housing,” or duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes,…

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Highlights of HB 2001 Draft Code Amendments

June 10, 2021

Bend’s Draft Code Amendments are now available for review. Please click the link to review a critique of the proposed middle housing code changes. Highlights of HB 2001 Draft Code Amendments

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CURRENT STATUS:
Proposed Middle Housing Code Amendments Available for Review

City staff have drafted amendments to the Bend Development Code (BDC) to implement House Bill 2001, which requires that cities allow middle housing types where single-family homes are permitted.

To review the draft amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan and the BDC on the City's web site, click the button below. The proposed changes address minimum off-street parking requirements, as well as siting standards for setbacks, lot coverage, floor area ratio, and building height and scale, as well as design standards for garage doors, front door orientation, and windows.

Let the City Council know your opinion: Do you want the public to be more involved in the process of changing development codes in the City of Bend?

Who we are.

We are an ad hoc group of community volunteers who care about the welfare of our city and want to see smart policies guide the city's growth. Most of us are active in monitoring the City's land use policies and have been studying HB 2001 and the draft code extensively.

We are not affiliated with City government. Please sign up for our mailing list to be kept in the loop regarding pending Bend Development Code changes and their impact on our community.

What We Support.

  • We support the well-planned development of middle housing and want to see the stated intention behind HB 2001 come to fruition. However, it will require widespread resident buy-in to make that happen. Members of the general public MUST be included in the process and the community at large needs to understand and support the integration of middle housing into our neighborhoods for it to succeed.

  • Affordable housing advocates will be the first to tell you that there is a difference between "little a" affordable housing – which is the overall concept of people being able to afford to rent or buy housing – and "big A" Affordable housing, which is government-subsidized (think Section 8). We support both! But affordable housing that is actually achievable in a city such as Bend is another discussion altogether. We want our community to have housing, and not just for the very bottom and top of the income scale. We want to see true MIDDLE housing that is integrated throughout the community and affordable for the city's workforce.

  • The City of Bend needs to slow down and really engage the public in the process of implementing HB 2001. We have a chance – RIGHT NOW – to take a good look at the status of housing in Bend and plan for the future. Bend needs SMART growth! That means middle housing that is compatible with existing neighborhoods and attainable for those in the middle of the income spectrum. Once these code changes go into effect, they will have a long-term impact on the shape of our city. This can be a positive process for all the citizens of Bend IF it is implemented in a smart, practical, and inclusive way.

Parking versus Housing. Does it have to be one or the other?

As part of implementing HB 2001 code amendments, the Bend City Council is seeking to eliminate parking minimums for some types of housing – duplexes and triplexes. Quadplexes would be required to provide only one off-street space for the four units. Meanwhile, townhomes and cottage clusters would have to provide one space for each unit. These proposals are inconsistent and unfair, and fail to meet the needs of those who are older or have disabilities.

We believe the City Council's deliberations should include input from the community that has to live with the results. If you are a Bend resident or business owner, the DoesParkingMatter.com web site is intended to help you learn about the issue and share your opinions with your elected representatives.

Locally, the question has been framed as a binary choice — parking or housing that is more affordable. This is a false choice.

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