Bend Primer

About the City Council

People have asked, “Who is my councilor?” In Bend, all seven city councilors are elected at large — that is, by all voters in the city. There are no wards or other districts represented by a single councilor. Candidates for the city council run for a particular position (numbered 1 -7), which means that sometimes a candidate runs unopposed while other candidates have multiple competitors.

As of 2018, voters directly elect a mayor (Position 7). Previously, the mayor was selected by the council from among its members. Four seats will be up for election in 2020 and the remaining three (including the mayor) in 2022.

The council meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month for work sessions at 5:00 pm and regular meetings at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Both are open to the public, though public comments are taken only at the beginning of the regular meeting (fill out a sign-up sheet at the door; comments are limited to three minutes). Also, meetings are broadcast live on the City’s website and on cable on COTV Channel 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

The city’s planning commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the council chambers.

About the City’s web site

For city council meeting agendas and videos, click here. For the city’s calendar of public meetings and office hours, click here. Be sure to click through for agendas and meeting materials.

To access plans that have been submitted to develop property:  go to the City’s web site and select Services from the menu just below the city name; choose “ePlans” under Building and Planning, then select “Public Viewer”. Enter a project (PZ) number in the box in the upper right, if you know it, or scroll through the list, or click on “Create date” twice to sort the applications so the most recent are at the top.

Most staff presentations, advisory committee reports, and consultant materials are filed under the meeting at which they were presented. This makes them difficult to find, unless you can identify when they were covered. There is no subject index at this time.

About citizen advisory committees

The city council occasionally forms advisory committees to study an issue and make recommendations or to provide input to staff working on a project (e.g., to update the transportation system plan). Committees will be announced and applications accepted (see postings on the city’s web site or in the Bulletin); members are appointed by the council. For a list of citizen committees and more information, click here.