On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the UGB Steering Committee discussed proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan coming out of the UGB process.
BNC submitted comments to the public record asking that policies in the housing chapter include the idea of minimizing conflicts from “offsite impacts and nuisances” (including noise, vibration, odor, and parking and traffic problems) spilling over from non-residential zones into residential areas. This often means establishing a buffer area adjacent to a residential neighborhood where the permitted uses are limited and other code restrictions apply.
More urbanized cities, like Portland, have policies to avoid conflicts that would otherwise require expensive city resources, including police and code enforcement staff, to manage on an ongoing basis. As Bend grows, it also needs a policy infrastructure that allows businesses to prosper AND residents to peaceably enjoy their homes without intrusions and disruptions from adjacent higher-intensity zones.
The Bend Neighborhood Coalition requested that staff be directed to add language to the housing policies that would allow for the creation of neighborhood compatibility zones and other methods to minimize conflicts.
Having these policies available will allow Bend to successfully manage increased density and large developments, like the new four-year university campus, without the constant expense of enforcement and the negative effect on our quality of life that results when conflicts are allowed to be built-in to the fabric of the community.
To read or download the letter to the UGB Steering Committee, click here.