2018 city council candidate questionnaire

The Bend Neighborhood Coalition asked the candidates for City Council and Mayor in 2018 to address several issues affecting neighborhood livability. Eight of the twelve candidates responded to the questionnaire.

To read or download the complete responses, click here.

Among the questions, we asked the candidates where they stand on 8 policy issues. Here’s how their responses compared with BNC positions (% in agreement):

The top 5 issues on which the candidates were most in agreement are the following (note that the first three were also in the top 5 in 2016, but no progress was made on them):

  • Establishing a university district to concentrate campus-related development in adjoining mixed use zones, while protecting the character of nearby residential neighborhoods
  • Establishing parking districts in areas where nearby uses (commercial, educational, etc.) create excessive demand by non-residents
  • Planning for one or more entertainment districts where outdoor amplified music and late-night entertainment is concentrated and allowed to operate under more relaxed guidelines
  • Developing code regulating events on private property (e.g., duration, frequency, proximity to other uses, requirements for parking, public safety, etc.)
  • Creating neighborhood compatibility zones to buffer residential areas from the offsite impacts of adjoining commercial and mixed use areas (through a step-down in permitted uses)

BNC City Council Candidate Forum Oct 14th

The Bend Neighborhood Coalition will hold a candidate forum on Sunday, October 14th from 3:00 – 5:15 at Wille Hall in the Coats Campus Center on COCC’s Bend campus. This will be the only forum focused on livability and the challenges growth presents to the quality of life in Bend.

One of BNC’s goals is to encourage civic dialog about livability. This fall’s city council election presents an opportunity to engage the candidates in this dialog.

This will be one of the few forums with no charge to attendees.

The moderator for the forum will be Lisa Carton, the news anchor of Zolo Media’s Central Oregon Daily broadcast. Lisa is experienced in reporting on national and local elections. She will ask and follow up on a handful of prepared questions, as well as some questions submitted by members of the audience.

Due to the large number of candidates this year, the first hour will focus on the mayoral race (position 7), then, following a brief break, the second hour will feature the two at-large council seats (positions 5 and 6). There are six candidates for mayor and three for each of the council positions.

Please plan to arrive early or stay after to mingle with the candidates. We have asked them to be available for 30 minutes before and after the forum. Parking is available along College Way or in Lot D (next to the library), at the corner of College Way & Regency St.

2016 city council candidate questionnaire

The Bend Neighborhood Coalition asked this year’s candidates for City Council to address several important issues affecting neighborhood livability. All seven candidates responded to the questionnaire.

To read or download the complete responses, click here.

Among the questions, we asked the candidates where they stand on 12 neighborhood livability issues. Here’s how their responses compared with BNC positions:

2016-candidate-livability-positions

The top 5 issues on which the candidates were most in agreement include:

  • Establishing a university district to concentrate campus-related development in adjoining mixed use zones, while protecting the character of nearby residential neighborhoods
  • Establishing parking districts in areas where nearby uses (commercial, educational, etc.) create excessive demand by non-residents
  • Terminating the ability to transfer non-conforming short term rental permits on sale
  • Reducing decibel levels in the noise ordinance to more closely match other cities
  • Planning for one or more entertainment districts where outdoor amplified music and late-night entertainment is concentrated and allowed to operate under more relaxed guidelines

Citizens’ lobby wants to keep Bend livable

A new citizens’ group has been formed by dozens of Bend residents dedicated to “keeping Bend livable for those who live here.”

Organized by experienced community volunteers, the Bend Neighborhood Coalition, Inc. wants to be the leading voice influencing public policies that protect the quality of life in Bend’s residential neighborhoods. Members will also advise one another on how best to address local concerns and foster an ongoing civic dialog on neighborhood livability.

The group held its kickoff meeting on January 27, 2016 at the Deschutes Public Library; the event was attended by 64 Bend residents.