City chooses growth over neighborhood livability

The new City Council recently adopted goals that will determine how money and staff resources are committed over the two-year period starting in July.

The Neighborhood Coalition had supported addressing three issues this year: amending the noise ordinance to reduce decibel levels to more closely match the standards in other cities; terminating the ability of non-conforming vacation rental permits to transfer on sale; and forming a standing committee to maximize the university’s positive benefits to the city and minimize potential negative effects.

The Council decided not to revisit the noise ordinance or the short term rental ordinance. It also did not specifically endorse forming a Town & Gown Committee, but rather adopted a vague objective to, “Develop a communication system to connect the City with OSU-Cascades and Neighborhoods.”

The City keeps saying that it has no bandwidth to address the implications of growth. Apparently, all of its attention is to be focused on growing the city, and the consequences will have to sort themselves out later.

BNC believes city government needs to strike a balance between making growth happen and addressing the side effects of growth.

Author: Bend Neighborhood Coalition

Bend Neighborhood Coalition is the leading voice influencing policies that protect the quality of life in Bend's residential neighborhoods.

One thought on “City chooses growth over neighborhood livability”

  1. From Emily Arnwine – about transportation:

    I have lived in Bend just over two years now. I drive to work Monday through Friday every week. For my job, I travel around Bend and Central Oregon daily. I’m frustrated with the infrastructure and the lack of planning to improve the flow of traffic.

    I’m also disappointed with the city of Bend initiative of reducing the carbon footprint by pushing alternative transportation as the “fix”. Instead of addressing traffic and roads, the City has decided that people can ride bicycles to work. This is unrealistic and out of touch.

    I’m sure at this point you get the idea that my number one concern on making Bend livable is transportation.

    On a side note: I work for an electric utility. At our shops up in Portland, the City asked if the company would be willing to change working hours to 7 to 3:30 to help with traffic congestion. They did and have been working those hours for several years. Has an idea like that been brought up to the City of Bend? Currently our hours in Bend are 8 to 4:30, the same start time as all the high schools and middle schools, along with many other businesses. Bend could take advantage of staggering​ start times to ease the congestion here. I know everyone at my shop would welcome a less stressful commute!


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