Right of Way Amendments // Effective March 3, 2023



Effective March 3, the Bend Development Code (BDC) includes several new “clear and objective” standards along with a “discretionary track” (a process which involves substantial judgment).  For these particular standards, if a developer chooses to use the discretionary track, they must state in the written narrative that they are electing to use this path. If the application is a Type I and the developer requests a discretionary review of a particular standard, then the Type I application will be elevated to a Type II review.

The recent BDC amendments also provide consistency among the Development Code, the City’s 2020 Transportation System Plan (TSP), and the City of Bend Standards and Specifications. Bend’s TSP Goals define the community’s desired outcomes for the transportation system and guide development of policies, actions, projects, and programs in the TSP. These amendments to the BDC provide consistency with the TSP in regard to street definitions, mobility hubs, complete streets, and bicycle low stress routes.

The City of Bend Standards and Specifications establish the design criteria and construction standards for all related infrastructure throughout the City, including Capital Improvement Projects, maintenance projects, and private development projects. The Standards and Specifications apply to all related infrastructure which will be ultimately owned, operated, and maintained by the City of Bend.

The online BDC should be updated in the next few weeks to reflect these amendments. Until then, you may refer to the adopted Ordinance No. NS – 2463.

PLTEXT20220451, The City of Bend is proposing amendments to the Bend Comprehensive Plan, Transportation System Plan (TSP) and Bend Development Code (BDC). The proposed amendments are primarily to provide consistency between the BDC and the recently adopted TSP and updated City of Bend Standards and Specifications. In addition, the proposed amendments include house-keeping amendments in other sections of the code for consistency and clarity. The amendments are to the Bend Comprehensive Plan Chapter 7, Transportation Systems, Chapter 9, Community Appearance and Chapter 11, Growth Management, and Transportation System Plan (TSP) Chapter 5, Transportation Projects and Programs and  Bend Development Code (BDC) Chapters 1.2 Definitions, 2.1 Residential Districts, Chapter 2.2, Commercial Zoning Districts, 2.3, Mixed-Use Zoning Districts, 2.4, Industrial Zoning Districts, 2.6, Public Facilities Zoning District, 2.7, Special Planned Districts, Refinement Plans, Area Plans and Master Plans, 3.1, Lot, Parcel and Block Design, Access and Circulation, 3.2, Landscaping, Street Trees, Fences and Walls, 3.3, Vehicle Parking, Loading and Bicycle Parking, 3.4, Public Improvement Standards, 3.5, Other Design Standards, 3.6 Special Standards and Regulations for Certain Uses, 3.8 Development Alternatives, 4.1, Development Review and Procedures, 4.2, Minimum Development Standards Review, Site Plan Review and Design Review, 4.3, Subdivisions, Partitions, Replats and Property Line Adjustments and 4.5 Master Plans, Chapter 4.7, Transportation Analysis, 4.8, Transportation and Parking Demand Management (TPDM) Plan, 4.9, Annexations, Chapter 5.1, Variances, and 5.2, Nonconforming Uses and Developments and minor amendments throughout the BDC for consistency and clarity.

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